At 8:30AM on Sat., Oct. 14, the Naperville Professional Firefighters for a Cause and the Naperville Fire Department will host the inaugural Stop, Drop and Run 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s Camp ‘I am Me.’

Camp ‘I Am Me’ is a special and unforgettable one-week camp experience for children and teenagers who have experienced injuries from burns. Through the generosity of donor, supporters and volunteers, the IFSA offers this camping opportunity at no cost to campers; including lodging, meals, activities and transportation to and from camp (YMCA Camp Duncan- Ingleside, IL). Camp ‘I Am Me’ provides the setting for child burn survivors to share their common experiences while being able to play and not feel self-conscious about their scars.

For more information and to register, visit

Public Safety Open House 2017

Once again the Naperville Police and Fire Departments will be “Partnering for Prevention” during Public Safety Month in October. The purpose of this initiative is to disseminate important crime and fire prevention information to the residents of Naperville and to encourage citizen action regarding crime and fire prevention strategies. Both departments firmly believe that citizens are the number one defense against fire and crime and want to spread the word that residents need to “Prepare, Practice and Prevent” in order to keep their families safe.

The Public Safety Open House will be held on Naperville’s Public Safety Campus located on Aurora Avenue from 10AM to 2PM on Sat., Oct. 14. This must-see event will include a variety of activities including an auto extrication and simulated DUI arrest along with a helicopter exercise, a K-9 demonstration, taser demonstration and a flashover fire demonstration. A large display of Fire and Police vehicles and equipment will also be on-site. Fingerprinting, fire extinguisher training, and visits by Sparky and McGruff will be back again this year, as well. You won’t want to miss it!

The Public Safety Open House is an event the entire community will enjoy while gaining valuable safety information for their families, neighborhoods and workplaces. Hope to see you there!

For more information, visit or email me at or Julie Smith at

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