Madison police officers, firefighters play with kids, talk about careers

MADISON, Wis. — Police officers, firefighters and kids in Madison got to know each other Monday through games, talking and exploring emergency vehicles.

The Black Officer Coalition and Sable Flames hosted the special program at Glenn Stephens Elementary School on the city’s near west side.

Emergency responders paired off to talk with kids about their jobs and school safety. In addition to the games, kids also got to try on uniforms and check out squad cars and ambulances.

“It’s always exciting to see all the different things that we carry on the job and what we use them for, so they’re always really curious about that, but they also want to know how we catch the bad guys and what that whole process looks like. They’re really curious about what goes on behind the scenes,” Neal Crowder, the president of the Black Officer Coalition, said.

Sable Flames is a nonprofit organization of local Black firefighters. The Black Officer Coalition formed in the last several years in part to better reach kids and underserved communities.