School shows appreciation on ‘Thank a First Responder Day’

A NATIONAL day of appreciation for first responders and their families, ‘Thank a First Responder Day’ on June 12 was an opportunity for the community to show their appreciation.

Inviting local representatives to their school, St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School Regents Park students presented officers from Lidcombe Fire and Rescue and Auburn Police Area Command, with hampers and messages of appreciation.
For their efforts, they were rewarded with a talk about what their jobs entailed and Year 3 teacher Jaimie Kolenko said the students absolutely loved having them visit.
“They were able to see first-hand the clothing and equipment our firefighters need to wear for their own safety when dealing with fires and emergencies,” she said.
“Our students and teachers got to dress up in police uniforms as well as some experiencing what it feels like to be handcuffed. They also got to explore the vehicles.
“The firefighters taught us about the importance of having smoke alarms in our homes to keep our families safe from any fires and that they can come and fit them in our house if we don’t have any.”
Auburn police officer Gabriella Di Marino reminded the students about stranger danger and how to remain safe in public and online.
“She stressed the importance of not speaking to people who we don’t personally know and making sure we ask trusted adults around us for advice when we are unsure,” Jaime said.