SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield residents lined-up outside the South Plainfield Senior Center early to get their free flu shots and blood pressure screening as Mayor Anesh and the South Plainfield Mayor’s Wellness Committee hosted the 4th annual Family Health and Safety Fair.   The event was sponsored by Saint Peter’s Healthcare System and the fair included many of South Plainfield’s health and fitness organizations.  Residents were able to receive free flu shots, blood pressure & sugar screenings, and skin cancer & dental checkups. 

The South Plainfield Police Department provided free finger printing to South Plainfield residents.  There were free zumba classes, martial arts demonstrations and music, but by far the stars of the day’s events were South Plainfield’s four legged police officers Kaiser and Blitz. 

South Plainfield Officer Mark Bullock and his K9 partner Blitz, and Officer Michael Grasso and his K9 partner Kaiser, put on a number of apprehension demonstrations to the Mayor’s Wellness attendees.  The demonstrations appeal to both children and adults, and left the crowds speechless.  Here is one of the demonstrations where Officer Grasso pretends to be attacking Officer Bullock:

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After the demonstrations Blitz and Kaiser posed for pictures with residents.  “The line of people looking for a K9 photo-op was as long as the flu shot line, said South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh.” These K9s’ have been a tremendous addition to the force, and I really want to thank Officers Bullock, and Grasso.  “It was great to have them here today, but their real work is at night when residents are asleep and they are out protecting the town.”

Participating providers and organizations at the Mayor’s Wellness Health and Safety Fair were: Saint Peters’ Healthcare System, The Club at Ricochet, Fitness 19, Yo Fresh, Muscle Maker Grill, South Plainfield Police Department, South Plainfield First Aid Squad, Rise & Shine Pediatrics, Procare, AristaCare, La Fitness, UNICO, Combination Martial Arts and Park Community Church.