Special education students take the wheel at Quincy touch-a-truck

QUINCY — Police sirens and truck horns ran out in the North Quincy High School parking lot Tuesday, but the ambulances, fire trucks and police cars weren’t speeding off toward an emergency.

Instead, 165 students in Quincy Public Schools’ summer special education program got to climb into the vehicles of first responders to honk the horns and learn about public safety at a touch-a-truck even.

Tracy Phelan, co-facilitator of the special education summer programs, said that students from kindergarten through age 22 were in attendance. Phelan said that the event was a fun way to get the students out of the classroom and interacting with law enforcement officers.

“It’s a great chance for Quincy to reach out and share its resources,” Phelan said.

To kick off the morning’s activities, students filed out of the high school to watch in awe as a State Police helicopter took off from Creedon Field. Before the helicopter flew away, the students listened to the pilots talk about their missions and students had the chance to ask questions.

A Massachusetts State Police helicopter makes a landing on the football field at North Quincy High on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

Jaythan Figueroa, who will be entering grade 11 this fall, said he’d never seen a helicopter up close before and was excited to see it take off.

Edwin Astronomo, a rising senior, also said he was excited to see the police cars and helicopter.

“It’s going to be really cool,” Edwin said.

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