WHEN 11-10-06
First Graders Learn About Justice, Fire Departments at Warren Township Hall

On Thursday, November 2, first graders visited Warren Township Hall in Warren, NJ, where they learned valuable lessons about the township's fire and police departments. The students were welcomed by Warren Township Construction Official Jeffrey Heiss, the husband of first grade teacher Katherine Heiss and father of Sydney Heiss '07.

Fire Department Chief Timothy McGowan explained the importance of smoke detectors. While viewing the township's fire engine, the students examined the tools used by firefighters, and had the opportunity to spray a fire hose.

The pupils visited the township's 24-7 Open Police Reception Room and 9-1-1 Dispatcher Room, where they met 9-1-1 police dispatchers. They learned how to make an emergency phone call, and viewed how such calls are received on computer screens. The students visited the police department's Communication Room and looked at the bulletin board where posters featuring missing and wanted persons are displayed.

Before meeting Warren Township Police Chief Russell Leffert, the students visited a jail cell and learned about fingerprinting. They sat in the back seat of a police car and, later, pounded the gavel inside of a township courthouse/meeting room with the judge's assistant.

Each student was gifted by township officials with a trick-or-treat bag filled with goodies to take back to Wardlaw-Hartridge.