Police Academy Welcomes 19 Mid-Missourian Kids
When the flames are raging and there's no one around, a police officer has to know how to put out a small fire in town.
"We're putting out fires using the fire extinguishers," said Carly Levy.
It's just one lesson natural wipe sisters Carrie and Carly Levy learned at the 2006 Columbia Police Youth Academy.
"My sister was going to do it and then I just thought I'd do it with her," Carly added.
Carrie levy, police youth academy student: "I've always wanted to be like a police officer or in the F.B.I," Carrie said.
The groundwork for these sisters' futures in law enforcement started with a week of practical instruction.
"They showed us how to analyze a car crash, we got to go to the jail," she said.
"They get a touch of a little bit of everything, so if they didn't know much about what the fire department does, especially working hand in hand with the police department, hopefully an academy like this will bring that out of them," explained Sgt. Eric White, Columbia Police Department.
And just as firefighters look in dark rooms for survivors, the darker side of police work has drawn a more curious group of kids to the 2006 academy.
"When I was growing up it was chips and swats and everybody wanted to do the uniform patrol, and now you see the detective side of things," he added.
Detective work on Saturday meant finding the right way to hold a fire hose, just part of the overall learning experience.
Kids learn that just trying to make the community a better place, is what it means to be a first responder.