H-ARROYO GRANDE

Nov 4, 2012 9:23 PM by Hope Hanselman, KSBY News

Cops N' Kids inspire little heroes

Hundreds of kids got a chance to fill some very big shoes today at the annual Cops and Kids Field Day in Arroyo Grande.

Law enforcement of all kinds set up demonstration for families to learn about the work they do.

Every year the Footprint Association invites families to shake the hands of the heroes who keep us safe. But for many of these kids, the event also sparks some passion.

No matter your age, it didn't take much to help you remember what it felt like to want to grow up to be something important.

They're the men and women who pull us to safety when danger lurks. But, before they were patrolling streets, they were playing in them.

Nine-year-old Tony Fores, of Pismo Beach, says he wants to grow up to be a policeman.

"They catch people that are doing bad things so they don't do bad things to other people," he said.

Tony joined and other young peacekeepers showed up for job training at Cops and Kids Field Day.

Six-year-old Allen Skinner looked the part. He reused his firefighter Halloween costume, hoping his dream job might be looking to hire.

Allen met the SWAT team, the bomb squad and the Sheriff's Department. No firefighters, however.

"I got to meet a little bit of police officers and I did the flag salute," he said.

With that, something was still sparked, because when he sensed danger, Allen found out he had a little hero inside.

"When (the helicopter) was landing I felt like it was going to land on top of my sister so I grabbed her back."

The free event is sponsored by the Central Coast chapter of the International Footprint Association, which promotes cooperation between all arms of law enforcement.

It's all made possible with the help of California Highway Patrol helicopters, police k-9 units and regional FBI agencies.

The kids even got to participate in free bike and helmet giveaways.

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