Public Safety Day features K-9’s return from injury

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Public Safety Day will provide an opportunity for community members to interact with police officers and firefighters and check out some of their equipment. (Submitted photo)

By Heather Collins

The Zionsville Police Dept., Zionsville Fire Dept. and Boone County Sheriff’s Office will join forces for Public Safety Day with live demonstrations from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 during the Lion’s Club Fall Festival.

ZPD Sgt. Adrian Martin said Public Safety Day has become a mainstay of the Fall Festival, and he hopes the event becomes a family tradition.

The event is designed as an interactive and entertaining day for community members to connect with local law enforcement.

The agencies will host a Public Safety Zone that will feature “Touch-A-Truck.” Agencies will be on-site throughout the day to answer safety inquiries, including questions about crime watch, fire safety and internet safety.

At 1 p.m., ZFD will host an equipment demonstration, which provides an up-close look at the equipment and highlight resources used by ZFD to fight fires and assist the community.

At 2 p.m., ZPD and the Boone County Sheriff’s Dept. will host a K-9 demonstration. Special guest and local hero K-9 Jelka will make her official comeback to the department. Martin said this will be the ZPD and Jelka’s first opportunity to say thank you to the community for prayers and support toward  Jelka’s recovery after being hit by a truck in May. Jelka will lead many of the demonstrations, and the community can get a first glimpse at her recovery.

“(Jelka) will be out there on Saturday in her full glory,” Martin said.

There will be a second K-9 demonstration at 4 p.m. that will feature Jelka and a live bite demonstration.

At 3 p.m., ZPD and the Boone County Sheriff’s Dept. will present a Special Response Team demonstration that includes an open SRT vehicle and equipment demonstration.

“We hope (guests) learn a little bit about how to keep themselves a little safer,” Martin said.


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