Hero Week: Boys and girls can grow up to wear the badge

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Monroe police officers Brooke Larsen and Chris Silkman spoke to children at Monroe Summer Day Camp Tuesday.

MONROE, CT — Monroe Summer Day Camp’s Hero Week began with two town police officers, Brooke Larsen and Chris Silkman, who stopped by for a visit on Tuesday.

Children gathered on the Monroe Green, where the officers showed them equipment like an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), a night stick and a pole to safely handle a sick or wild dog.

Police Officer Brooke Larsen lets a child from Monroe Summer Day Camp don the blue uniform.

Karen Mucherino, co-director of the camp, said the most important lesson taught that day was to call 911 in an emergency and that officers can help with everything.

Officer Silkman had to leave early to respond to a call, so Larsen, who is the school resource officer for Masuk High School, finished the presentation.

“Brooke stayed and spoke about how women can do any job and how they need to work hard to get there,” Mucherino said. “It was great for all to hear, especially little girls!”

The kids played a game with caution tape, climbed from the front to the back of the police car and turned on the lights and sirens, according to Mucherino.

“It was all stuff that put children at ease for them not to be afraid when they see police officers,” she said. “This was a great presentation! Brooke is a hometown hero being born and raised here!”

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