Emergency vehicles and crew members took over the Bulfinch Lawn as children gathered for the MGH’s second Touch-A-Truck event May 15. Pediatric patients, their siblings, children of employees and local school children climbed through emergency vehicles, sounded sirens, and donned fire helmets and police badges.

Personnel from the Boston Fire Department, Boston Emergency Medical Services, Chelsea Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and the Winthrop Police Department shared how they keep communities safe, while visitors snacked on popcorn and cotton candy served by MGH Police and Security officers, and “copsicles” offered by the Chelsea Police Department’s community policing ice cream truck.

The event is part of the PUPP (Police Uniting with Pediatric Patients) program, a collaboration of the MGH Police, Security and Outside Services and MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Child Life Program providing fun, interactive and educational activities to patients to bolster positive relationships between first responders and community members.

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