Across the fire station, Peter Chase was helping his sons, 2-year-old Kaleb and 6-year-old Brent, put together a bell made out of construction paper. The Chase family comes to the Children’s Christmas Party every year.
“The kids go to Cooperstown and it’s a way to get everybody together with their friends and family,” Chase said. “It’s just a good time had by all.”
Chase’s 9-year-old son Shane was directly behind him leaning over a table while his mother filled in his information on the sheriff’s department’s child ID form. Across the table Officers Virtell and Reckeweg entered Shane’s information into their computer and took his photo.
“It’s kept in a database, New York state database,” Reckeweg explained. “If the child’s ever missing you can just tell the officer they’re in the New York state safe child database. All the law enforcement agencies can get the information more quickly. It makes it a lot faster, especially when a parent is hysterical because their child’s missing.”
The Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department’s Children’s Christmas Party is free to anyone who wants to attend each year. To support this and other programs the fire department runs mail a check to: The Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1, Cooperstown, NY 13326.