First responders celebrate Easter with community

First responders celebrate Easter with community

Children in Baraboo got in the Easter spirit Sunday with the people who keep them safe.

The Baraboo Police Officers Association Community Heroes group welcomed over 200 children and their families to an Easter egg hunt.

After racing out to collect the candy-filled eggs, children could take photos with the Easter bunny and meet police officers, firefighters and emergency medical responders.

“We want them to have fun and we want them to meet their first responders,” Baraboo Police Chief Mark Schauf said. “But we do also need to give back as a community to remain strong and healthy.”

To give back, the Community Heroes group asked attendees to donate a nonperishable food item to the local food pantry.

Children could sit in the back of an ambulance and in the driver’s seat of a firetruck. Schauf said this was a chance for children to see them in a different context than just driving by on the street.

Cost Cutters of Baraboo co-sponsored the event.