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Campers get special visit

East Allen Township summer campers got a special visit from Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, some of whom arrived from high in the sky.

Chuck Frantz, camp director and part-time township recreation director, and his team arranged the June 28 visit. Frantz also is a school director for the Northampton Area School District.

Trooper Ryan Seiple, the police community affairs officer, talked to the kids about police and safety and invited them to examine some safety equipment. He urged the kids to never be afraid of the police, explaining the police are here to help.

The campers excitedly pointed toward the clouds and cheered as the state police helicopter circled Bicentennial Park East, where the campers eagerly waited.

Cpl. Jim Ermey, who was operating the helicopter, explained the workings of and the uses for the helicopter. He also allowed the kids to get closer and take a look inside.

For more information about the state police office of community engagement, visit psp.pa.gov.

This year’s East Allen Township camp program, which began June 13, will come to a close July 29.

PRESS PHOTOS BY BILL LEINER JR. East Allen Township summer campers listen June 28 to Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jim Ermey as he talks about the troop's helicopter.
Trooper Ryan Seiple talks safety with an East Allen summer camper.
PRESS PHOTO BY BILL LEINER JR. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Ryan Seiple shows East Allen campers a police vest during a June 28 visit from the state police to the East Allen Township summer camp.