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Lemont police, kids share day of play

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 1:08 p.m. CDT
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DuPage County Sheriff officers talk to children during the annual Kops-N-Kidz event at Centennial Park in Lemont on Saturday. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Families get up close to a Chicago Police Department helicopter during the annual Kops-N-Kidz event. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Crowds gather to watch a Chicago Police helicopter land at Centennial Park in Lemont during the annual Kops-N-Kidz event. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Emma Jones, 2, of Lemont, shows off her Junior Firefighter hat during the annual Kops-N-Kidz event at Centennial Park in Lemont. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Louie Porpora, 4, takes the pilot's seat of a Chicago Police Department helicopter during the annual Kops-N-Kidz event at Centennial Park in Lemont on Saturday. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media

LEMONT – More than 750 kids attended the Lemont Police Department's Kops-N-Kidz Day on Saturday at Centennial Park.

Commander Greg Smith said they knew it was more than 750 because they ran out of the 750 T-shirts they were giving away at the event.

"They really liked the Chicago Police Department helicopter," he said. "Obie the Train is always a big hit."

Smith said the Chicago Police Department let the kids explore the helicopter and took time to explain how they use it.

Members of the Lemont Police Department were assigned to different parts of the event.

For instance, Sgt. Jerrold Lehmacher was responsible for cooking 1,000 hot dogs.

"They had a great time interacting with the kids," Smith said.

The event started with a bicycle parade and included several demonstrations, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, inflatables, live DJ and games.

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