La Verne focuses on safety

Mike Senyo
Staff Writer

There were booths lining Third Street featuring home security systems, the classic drug-sniffing dog and fingerprinting for your child – in case he or she gets abducted.

The fire house showcased fire prevention with a lesson for children in what to do when there is smoke in the house. Children were also able to get an idea of what it’s like to squirt the hose.

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Pretending he is a real firefighter, Trenton Vaniman hoses down trees and the roadblocks with the help of Brandon Draucker. The La Verne fire and police departments hosted a public safety open house on Saturday. Among the attractions was a drunk driving test, personal wanted posters and a re-enactment of an arrest at the end of a high-speed chase.
This month is crime prevention month and last week was fire safety week.
With that in mind, La Verne’s police and fire departments felt it necessary to keep the community aware of safety and its benefits.

“The reason we put this on every year is to let the community know what’s available to them,” Officer Carol Escodebo said.

“We try to show to the community what we’re doing for them as well as keeping that connection with the community,” he added.

Living in a small town and attending a small town school, many may take safety for granted.

But no one really knows when those terrorists will strike and where.

Escodebo said these types of events keep a community connected and safe.

“What helps the department run smoother is the help of our volunteers like our citizen patrols,” Escodebo said. “They save us a lot of man hours and give us that community insight.”

“People don’t think about safety, but it’s everyone’s job to think of your surroundings,” Director of Campus Safety and Transportation Mike Nunez said.

“Because of some of the things going on in the world today, there needs to be an awareness of the little things going on. This can make college a much more enriching and safer achievement,” he said.

Many people who attended the safety day realized how necessary these events are.

“It’s important to have a safety day because you get the feeling that the cops aren’t just there to write traffic tickets,” University of La Verne freshman Lauren Ramirez said. “They want to help.”

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