Touch-A-Truck event a honking success

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Jun. 8, 2011
Zack, Nicolas, and LJ check out the cab of the police Hummer, on loan from the West Hartford Police Department for the Touch-A-Truck event on June 4. Photos by Steve Smith.
Zack, Nicolas, and LJ check out the cab of the police Hummer, on loan from the West Hartford Police Department for the Touch-A-Truck event on June 4. Photos by Steve Smith.

An estimated 1,500 people came out to the Touch-A-Truck event presented by the Glastonbury Exchange Club at Smith Middle School on June 4, and from the sound of the horns, some may have thought it was even more than that.

Vehicles from the Glastonbury Fire Department, Glastonbury Police Department and Civil Preparedness were among the 20-plus vehicles on hand, as were trucks from local businesses, including E.A. Quinn Landscaping, Keeney Rigging, Glastonbury Auto Body, and L.V. Fuel Co.

Kids were allowed to climb on and in the trucks, while volunteers were present to give short lessons about their functions, and answer questions.

“The kids got a lot out of it,” said Bob Dibella, Civil Preparedness director. “We showed them our truck and the public safety concept, with all of its telecommunication systems. They explored the trucks inside and out, they used some of the equipment and blew the horns. They seemed to have a great time and were really appreciative.”

The Exchange Club's Touch-A-Truck chairperson, Marilyn Lawson, couldn't say enough about all of the volunteers from the various organizations – many of whom lent a hand, as well as their vehicles, for the event.

“All Waste has provided free trash service,” she said. “Mr. Stepule of Stepule Sanitation has provided free port-a-potties.”

Lawson added that all of the business owners she approached had the “of course” attitude about taking part.

“All of these people couldn't have been nicer,” Lawson said. “There were so many things they could have done on a nice, sunny Saturday, than come here and have hundreds of sticky-fingered children crawl all over their vehicles.”

Dibella said, in his observation, every child who attended got to visit every truck.

“This is a fantastic event for the children of the town of Glastonbury and surrounding towns,” Dibella said. “It gave them an idea of what type of equipment is being used for the public's safety, as well as for general contractors and myriad other businesses.”

Lawson said many families expressed that they enjoyed the event, and the Exchange Club would be discussing whether to make it an annual event.

For more information, visit www.gexc.org.


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