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Tractors, trucks helicopter - The kids say, oh my!


Allie Hurley

Bryce Tolluoglu, left, and Addison Barrett are placed in the back of a Pine Bluffs patrol car during the Touch-a-Tractor event Saturday at the Pine Bluffs Community Center.

The Touch-a-Tractor event provided local children the opportunity to explore tractors, emergency vehicles and trucks on Saturday at the Pine Bluffs Community Center.

The event began with the landing of the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's Air Life Helicopter. Pilot Donnie Crouch flew in with registered nurses Teresa Zuber and Kori Gilbert.

Zuber and Gilbert helped kids get in and out of the helicopter. Crouch said the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center received the Air Life Helicopter on May 9, 2012, and anything that can be done in an ambulance can be performed in the helicopter.

Char Madden, a Pine Bluffs Police Officer, was at the event to show kids her patrol car. She let kids play with the equipment in the front seat and sit in the back seat. Madden has been part of the department for almost three years.

Paramedics opened their doors to one of the Pine Bluffs ambulances and kids were able to explore the back of it.

Brenda Armstrong, a part-time intermediate, said the emergency service has responded to about 110 calls so far this year, which is slow compared to the average of 250 calls by this time in the year.

The Pine Bluffs ambulances are located on the side of the Town Hall, next to Laramie County Fire District #5.

Laramie County Fire District #5 showed off one of its fire trucks, along with an older fire truck.

Kids were able to climb onto the trucks and try on firefighter suites.

High West Energy brought their trucks for working on and digging utility poles. Mike Rotert took kids high into the air in the bucket truck. Creg Schuessler said the bucket truck is used to work on poles without shutting off the power. Bobby Sonnie was also there to help kids explore the trucks.

Centennial Ag's Applicator Bill Chubb showed Case 4520 Floater, a 610 liquid system for liquid fertilization. Chubb said within the last few months he has been fertilizing wheat. The wings are 90 feet wide with a 1,600-gallon tank. Centennial Ag makes their own liquid fertilizer.

Andy Redden and Loren Lovitt helped kids explore the Pine Bluffs maintenance dump truck and dirt clean-up truck. Two of Pine Bluffs' John Deer tractors were on display, along with one from the Freeburg family. R&K Farms brought one of their semi-trucks for kids to explore. Jack Bowman of Pine Bluffs gave kids tractor rides, and the Old SchoolCafe provided lunch and desert.


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