Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office holds special day for military children

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – For the first time ever, the Rennselaer County Sheriff’s Office held a special day for military children.

April is the Month of the Military Child, which is why they wanted to organize a fun day for the kids whose parents have already sacrificed so much

The day started with learning about what the sheriff actually does to protect the community. It also included a demonstration with police K9s that the children participated in.

“I liked the dog sniffing the locker,” Ben Hogan said. “I’m surprised that they’re hooked together, and the dog could still find the locker.”

Hogan is almost 9 years old. He was among the nearly dozen other kids who all have parents in the armed forces.

“My dad was in the military,” he said.

Hogan said he wants to be a sheriff when he grows up, and there’s a special reason why.

“I realize that the military can be hard, so I wanted to go a step easier,” he explained.

That’s because in his eyes, his dad will always be a hero.

“We thought a day for their kids to have a good time would be appreciated,” Sheriff Patrick Russo said.

The kids learned what it means to wear the badge and got to pin on one of their own.

“It was cool because [the K9] found me out of nowhere,” Cody Morrisey said.

“They love to see the K9s,” Undersheriff Ed Bly said. “Who doesn’t love to see a K9.”

Morrisey’s dad served in the Marines, and he got to participate in one of the K9 demonstrations.

“A little drop, and it can smell a lot,” he said.

“We hope children learn they can trust police officers,” Bly said. “If they need help, it’s okay to get help.”

After checking out the squad car and helping bad guys get caught in the end, Hogan has one other thing he’s looking forward to.

“I’m looking forward to the tactical crew,” he said.

Hoping to find out if its anything like what he’s seen on TV.

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