SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Children of all ages followed in the footsteps of their parents everyday work lives today, National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in downtown Scotch Plains. The kids, who enjoyed the day off from school received a first-hand experience what it was like to be a police officer, fire fighter and DPW worker.  

Scotch Plains Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis gave the kids a special walk-through of what it is like to be a fireman. During the training he provided insights on the common equipment used to extinguish blazes, some of which was used to douse two garage fires last Friday on Lyde Place.

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“When I was young, I always wanted to be a fireman,” said Scotch Plains Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis, who says that he was three years old when he first aspired to work in the field. “It’s always good to do an instruction like this for the kids because a lot of times we find that they’re afraid of us. That’s why in the beginning I put all my gear on and let them hear the noise so that they wouldn’t hide.”

Perhaps the most exhilarating experience for the kids and policeman was taking a ride dozens of feet in the air in the DPW’s bucket truck, which is often used for tree trimming and other height challenges. Meanwhile, the scariest part of the day may have been experiencing what it was like to be locked in a jail cell.

“I like the way that we started doing it over the last year where we bring out all of the departments together and this is nice, I think (Township Manager) Al Mirabella did a great job with it this year,” explained Scotch Plains Police Captain Ted Conley, who was accompanied by his seven-year old-daughter. “It’s an honor and a big challenge nowadays because of all the stuff out there. For us, we try to watch everything that we do, but we like to see the kids having fun, and I think that’s the main thing with this.”

Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® encourages girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives.