Girl Scout troops honoring first-responders this Saturday

Local Girl Scout troops are hosting “Small Town, Big Heroes” on Saturday, Sept. 23 as a unique way to offer safety information for families and to pay tribute to the “everyday heroes” – police officers, firefighters and other public safety officials.

“Small Town, Big Heroes” will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Millsboro Little League Fields, according to Crystal Wheatley, event coordinator for Girl Scouts Area 14, which encompasses the Indian River School District.

Wheatley said the idea came from a program in urban areas where police officers ride around in a truck and deliver ice cream to children. Along with her husband, Barry, who happens to be a sergeant in the Millsboro Police Department, Wheatley came up with a way to achieve similar interaction in a more rural area.

As a day care operator, Wheatley said children’s safety is always on her mind. Since the Girl Scouts’ theme this year is super heroes, with that theme in mind, “Small Town Big Heroes” came to involve a number of public safety agencies, including Millsboro police, Delaware State Police mounted patrol and helicopter, Delaware National Guard, the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the Department of Corrections and the Millsboro Fire Co.

Participants can have their pictures taken with local “heroes” and can make their own super hero masks, plus more games and activities.

Wheatley said the event is a chance for children to interact with police officers, firefighters and others who they might someday encounter in an emergency, “in a setting that isn’t scary, that isn’t intimidating.”

The Good Ole Boy Foundation has provided free ice cream which will be distributed by police officers. Girl Scout Service Unit 14 invites you to come meet our local heroes: DSP, DSPs helicopter, DSPs mounted patrol, Millsboro Police, Millsboro Fire Co, National Guard, DNREC, Department of Corrections, free ice cream from The Good Ole Boy Foundation, plus free crafts and games!!! Hope to see all of you there with your friends and family!!!

“Small Town, Big Heroes” will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Millsboro Little League Ball Park. The ball park is located at 262 W. State Street, Millsboro.