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Camp H.E.R.O. offer by law enforcement personnel

Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013

Camp H.E.R.O. (Honor, Excellence, Respect, Opportunity), a summer day camp for youth ages eight to 13, will be held July 15 through the 21 at Crestview Middle School. The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and Parkview Huntington Family YMCA are the sponsors of the camp. The Huntington Lions Club, represented by Joe Rakoczy, president, also presented a check for $500 for the camp.

Chris Newton, chief deputy of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, is an organizer of the camp along with local law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel that will include sessions from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and one overnight stay. Participants may arrive as early as 7 a.m. each day of the camp. David Dean will entertain at the overnighter.

Participants will learn how they can stay safe and make good decisions while growing up from sheriff’s deputies, Huntington police officers, firefighters and local emergency medical technicians. They will also view demonstrations by police dogs, bomb teams, SWAT teams, EMS personnel, the Parkview Samaritan helicopter and the conservation officers’ dive team.

Coroner Phil Zahm will speak to the youth and they will see a lineup of emergency vehicles. Additional sessions will focus on drug awareness, fire safety, water safety and firearms safety. Swimming at the YMCA will also be a part of the camp.

The cost of the camp includes breakfast and lunch. Those attending will be “squared away” for the day. This includes teeth brushed, hair combed, pants pulled up and shoes tied.

For registration information, visit the YMCA website at and follow the link at the bottom of the page.