The Madison County Safety Expo welcomed a record crowd to the Madison County Fairgrounds in London on Aug. 24. A total of 1,048 people–577 children and 471 adults–attended the event, the most in its 18-year history.
The Madison County Emergency Management Agency hosts the expo in collaboration with emergency responders, law enforcement, health care providers and others. The event offers something for everyone, from hands-on safety learning adventures to clowns making balloon sculptures.
This year, the expo also included a dedication ceremony honoring Brad Haynes of London, a firefighter and paramedic who died in a helicopter accident on Jan. 29. A memorial bench was placed in front of the flag pole overlooking a field on which emergency helicopters land each year for the expo. Haynes enjoyed watching the helicopters land at past expos, and his family and friends felt it was the perfect spot to place the bench.
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