A day in the shoes of Emergency Responders

Photo: From left: James Gilliard, 12, and Edgardo Gadea, 13, put on their toughest faces as they posed with a ballistic SWAT shield and a attering ram

Although they have not decided yet what they want to be when they grow up, on Career Day, junior students from the public school-based extracurricular group Bridgeport Junior Emergency Responders had an opportunity to see what they learn about safety and emergency response in action firsthand on June 25.

A few hundred youths spent the morning and afternoon checking out the tools and equipment first responders and emergency responders use to do their job. They also went inside of the mobile command center, hung out in the armored Bearcat SWAT vehicle, watched firefighters carve up a car using the

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