Scouts had a great time during their visit
by Carey Elaine Miller
On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 4 p.m., local Cub Scout Bear den of Local Pack 152 were welcomed at the Sheriff’s office by Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler. Their visit is part of their effort to earn their bear patch. The boys were able to witness many demonstrations of the police officer’s work as well as a discussion about crime prevention and safety.
Sgt. Wheeler began with a question and answer segment. This revealed the boys curiosity about many aspects of the work and lives of a police officer. The boys asked about the officer’s weapons, his radio, the police dogs, and much more. The officer did a wonderful job answering all questions.
After the talk with the officer, the boys were taken to the basement of the Lawrence County Courthouse in order to see the “old jail and then to the office of the Lawrence County 911 dispatch office. Once there, Dispatcher Barbara Howard graciously offered to show the boys how the 911 equipment worked. She completed a radio test and finding one of the boy’s addresses on a map with her computer. The boys were amazed by these things and learned the importance of knowing their address, phone number, as well as the process of conveying information to the dispatcher if they ever had to make a call.
Lastly, the boys moved on to a fun activity – finger printing. The boys were shown how to electronically and manually take ones fingerprints. They also received a surprise demonstration by Deputy Keefer, who demonstrated how to dust for fingerprints.
The visit concluded with a photo taken with the officer’s. It is certainly a keepsake for the boys and a memory they will not forget.