SPRINGFIELD, NJ – On Sunday August 5, Springfield will celebrate First Responder Day at the Springfield Community Pool.  Springfield’s first responders come from the Springfield Police Department, the Springfield Fire Department and the Springfield First Aid Squad. 

The event is an opportunity to get to now the town’s first responders personally and what they do for Springfield.  That interaction helps strengthen the community according to Dawn Wilkenfeld, Activities Director, for the Springfield Recreation Department.

Talking about First Responder Day, Wilkenfeld said, “My father was a police officer and I truly think a First Responder is one of the most noble professions. Growing up, I saw how hard he worked for his family, his department, and the community. First Responder Day teaches children, and reminds adults, about the importance of health and safety and showcases the faces behind those that selflessly help us in times of need.”

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She added, “I’d like to thank Adam Lieb, Springfield Recreation Director, for his support and assistance with coordinating First Responder Day. A special thank you to the Police Department, First Aid Squad, and Fire Department of Springfield because without them, this event would not be possible.”

This is a relatively new event in Springfield and it will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be demonstrations and some lessons.  At least three members of each department are expected to participate in the event.

Wilkenfeld has been Activities Director for four years.  It is a position she developed.  She has worked at the Community Pool for nine years and grew up in Springfield.

August 12 is the rain date.