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Naperville’s Public Safety Open House and 5K run are rescheduled for Sun., Oct. 22


Above / Public Safety Open House with demonstrations will be hosted by the Naperville Fire Department and Naperville Police Department from 10AM-2PM Sun., Oct. 22. (PN File Photo)

UPDATE, Sept. 15, 2017 / The 2018 events are slated at the same times on Sat., Sept. 29, in advance of National Crime Prevention Month and National Fire Prevention Week in October.

UPDATE, Oct. 22. 2017 / After last week’s flood-out, the second try at the inaugural Stop, Drop & Run 5K attracted a dedicated group of participants and sponsors, raising more than $10,000 for Naperville Professional Firefighters for a Cause (NPFFC).

The awards ceremony to recognize the top three winners in both the male and female categories had to be moved inside the fire station when the skies opened up again, just as the last runners were headed toward the finish line.

Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis presented medals to Bill Kostelny (1st Male) Dan Gerken (2nd Male, not pictured), Chris King (3rd Male), Kristi Marsh (1st Female), Gretchen Leland (2nd Female) and Jess Hulfish (3rd Female).

Naperville Fire Department/Public Safety Open House organizer Soraya McLaughlin already is looking forward to the 2nd Annual Stop Drop & Run 5K on a dry weekend in 2018.

Thanks to more than 125 registered participants and many generous sponsors, this year’s run/walk, originally set for Oct. 14, raised enough money to send six youngsters to Camp I Am Me Burn Camp.

Rained-out Public Safety Open House and Stop, Drop and Run 5K rescheduled

Police and fire departments invite residents to new features along with their traditional line-up of family-favorite demonstrations and activities.

Refusing to let last weekend’s storm dampen their spirits, the Naperville Police and Fire Departments have rescheduled both the inaugural Stop, Drop and Run 5K and the annual Public Safety Open House for Sun., Oct. 22.

The 5K will begin at 8AM at the entrance to Fire Station No. 7, 1380 Aurora Avenue, and will bring walkers and runners on a three-loop course around Lake Osborne and Naperville’s Public Safety Campus. Online registration for this race has ended. Race-day registration will be accepted beginning at 7AM at Fire Station No. 7.

firefighter-zack-with-chiefNaperville Police and Fire Departments will “partner for prevention” with demonstrations, safety information and activities for all ages when they join forces from 10AM to 2PM on Sat., Oct. 22, for the annual Public Safety Open House.

As in other years, inside the fire station garage, youngsters will enjoy meeting Sparky and Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis where the history of the Naperville Fire Department will be on display with the 1874 Joe Naper Pumper and the 1924 Ahrens Fox.

Public Safety Campus / Aurora Avenue at River Road

All residents and all ages are invited to attend the popular event at Naperville’s Public Safety Campus, 1380 Aurora Ave.

Be safe!

Bring the whole family for this fun and educational day, which features a variety of activities and demonstrations by Naperville’s finest.

Demonstrations scheduled include a training exercise at 10:45AM in which a Lifestar helicopter lands (See featured photo at top of post) and emergency personnel perform an auto extrication with a simulated intoxicated driver arrest.

In addition, the Naperville Police Department’s K9 unit and Special Response Team will showcase their talents and firefighters will demonstrate just how quickly a fire spreads with a flashover fire demonstration.

Meet McGruff and Sparky on the run

Attendees will be able to take home fire and crime prevention information and meet Sparky the Fire Dog and McGruff the Crime Dog.

The Open House will also feature annual favorites such as the children’s identification fingerprinting station, fire extinguisher training and a forensics booth as well as a few new features, including food trucks serving lunch from 11am to 1PM, a taser demonstration, and more.

The inaugural Stop, Drop and Run 5K will precede the open house at 8AM.

Come for a fun way to learn about public safety and to remember that “Keeping our community safe is everybody’s responsibility.”


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