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Though he has his career sights set on becoming a paleontologist, 6-year-old Mason Flint thoroughly enjoys his time behind the wheel of this big rig during the first annual Touch-a-Truck to Fill-a-Truck event held on June 26 at Byers Chevrolet in Grove City. While the event – which was presented by the dealership and Jimmy Jones, the Ohio Car Guy – offered children and adults alike the opportunity to get up close and personal with heavy machinery and emergency vehicles, it also served as a collection drive to benefit the Grove City Food Pantry. Officials said that attendees of the four-hour fun-fest helped fill up two pick-up trucks worth of non-perishable goods.
Scioto Township Firefighter Brian Burton and Kit Devoe, 5, of Grove City, laugh as her body is swallowed up by firefighting gear.
Sharon Umberger reacts in amused horror as Ben Ferree, a community relations supervisor with the Grove City Division of Police, tells her that she was the first participant of the Distracted Driving simulator that needed a MedFlight to be called. The Canton-native said she failed both the drunken driving and the distracted driving simulations but wanted to assure the public that she was a much better driver in real-life. “God, I hope so,” she quipped.
Beckham Briggs has some fun in the back of a police car.
Adrienne Lampkin, 2, discovers that her feet can finally hit the pedals of this John Deere upon standing up.
Mason Davis, 5, gets a lesson on the inner workings of a police vehicle from Aaron Ragland, an officer with the Grove City Division of Police. Davis said he wants to follow in the footsteps of his “papaw,” who was also a cop.

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