Making a Difference: Great Time Had by All at First Responder Safety Day for Kids with Special Needs at the Frederick School on District C-11 in Dorchester

If you know anything about police officers in Boston, you should know this: looking out for our city’s young people – especially kids with special needs - is one of our highest, most valued priorities. And, this past week at the Frederick School in Dorchester, that priority was on full display as members of the BPD stopped by First Responder Safety Day to interact with and remind the kids that if they were ever in trouble, lost or in need of help, our first responders would be there in a heartbeat. To underscore that point, officers encouraged the kids to play with the lights and sirens so they would be familiar with the sound of officers coming to their aid. Said event organizer Officer Michelle Maffeo: “For any parent with a child with special needs, keeping them safe is one of their greatest challenges and concerns. So, to see the kids open up to, engage with and interact with the police officers entrusted with keeping them safe is hugely satisfying and rewarding for all involved. And, if the smiles seen on the kid’s faces are any indication or measure of how successful this event was, then, today was a super successful day.”