By CHRIS LADD

The Fourth Annual Portland Health & Safety day will take place Saturday May 5, at the Richland Park in Portland.

During the past three years the event has grown from about 15 kids attending the first year to last year more than 50.

Portland Mayor Ken Wilber came up with the idea of having the event. He was hoping the event would allow children to learn the rules and safety of riding bicycles.

“I seen other communities have similar events,” Wilber said. “I see a lot of kids that drive in the middle of the roads here in Portland and thought this would be a great way for the kids to learn from our police officers.”

Sgt. Kurtis McKelvey of the Portland Police Department has spearheaded the event since the
beginning and believes this years will be bigger.

“We’ve grown ever year and we have some new things this year,” McKelvey added. “We have a tractor
trailer that will be there and kids will be able to climb in it and also someone from the UT Extension to learn ways to healthy this summer.”

Children will be allowed to explore emergency vehicles such as police, fire, ambulance, and more.
Other activities that take place include a bicycle safety course and helmet fitting, bicycle giveaways, face painting, free snacks, Lifeflight/Air-Evac demonstration and landing, search & rescue K-9 demonstration, inflatables sponsored by Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition, horses from the Hendersonville Police Department, Ident-a- kid Child ID’s, music, and giveaways.

McKelvey believes this is a great opportunity for the community to meet with the different emergency personnel.

“It’s a great chance to interact with the public for us and teaching the kids safety tips and being safe on the road,” McKelvey added.

Health & Safety Day takes will take place from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday at Richland Park in Portland.