What a way to go! | TahoeDailyTribune.com

What a way to go!

Lisa Marsh

Lights flashing, siren wailing, a flash of red paint. No fire, just Kimberly Dallas getting a ride home.

“It’s cool,” she said.

Kimberly, a second-grade student at Al Tahoe Elementary School, is one of two winners of a coloring contest sponsored by Barton Hospital, local Fire Departments and Lake Tahoe Ambulance. The contest was held in recognition of Emergency Medical Services week and the theme for the drawings was “Safe Summer Fun.”

“This is another means of having the kids in our community get in better touch with the EMS in our town,” said Susie Walker, contest organizer and Base Hospital Coordinator at Barton Hospital. “And to make safety an issue.”

Kimberly’s picture shows her on a purple bike wearing a helmet and stopping at a stop sign. There were 30 to 40 entries, all on display in the Barton emergency room. Kelsey McClurg, a third-grader from Sierra House Elementary School was another winner. Each student got to choose which emergency vehicle would give them a ride home.

“I think it’s great to get the kids involved in safety,” said Jeannie Dallas, Kimberly’s mom. “It was neat to see the stop sign in her picture because I know she listens to me and knows it’s important.”

Before the ride, Kimberly explored the truck with her classmates and asked questions. The firefighters weren’t distant heroes, but buddies who blew the horn – they all laughed together.

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