COOKING OUT WITH A COP was a huge success on Wednesday, June 21, with more than 200 Shiawassee County residents coming out to mingle with their local first responders at McCurdy Park in Corunna. Members of the Michigan State Police (MSP), Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), Owosso Public Safety, Corunna Police Department, Lennon Police Department, Department of Natural Resources, and Corunna-Caledonia Fire Department were represented, while Corunna Mayor Charles “Chuck” Kerridge and his wife, Donna, were the celebrity grillers for the day.

The city of Owosso and Corunna-Caledonia fire trucks were popular attractions for the many youngsters in attendance, children were encouraged to sit inside police cruisers, and the SCSO motorcycle was also on display. Additionally, MSP Trooper Amy Belanger painted faces, Sheriff Brian BeGole – though called away to help at the scene of a chemical spill part-way through the cookout – handed out pin-on badges and tattoos, and Nash FM allowed children to spin a wheel for prizes.

The beautiful, sunny weather made this first official day of summer ideal for a cookout, and the large turnout caused organizers to need to make a hotdog run less than halfway through the three-hour event.

Shown inspecting the fire engines is three-year-old Elizabeth Floria, who was accompanied by her grandmother, Sheila Stone. Lieutenant Patrick Bradley of the Owosso Fire Department gave Elizabeth a tour of his fire engine, with the help of the youngster’s grandfather, Dave Stone, an officer with the Owosso Police Department.

(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

Cooking Out With A Cop was last modified: June 26th, 2017 by Karen Elford