SANDUSKY — Sandusky police officers shared freeze pops and enjoyed a summer afternoon with local children and their families Wednesday.
Sandusky police and OHgo hosted their third “Freeze Pop with a Cop” event in Churchwell Park, a part of the MacArthur Park neighborhood.
Officers talked with children and handed out the frozen treats while members of OHgo read with kids and played with kites.
Officer Chris Rankins said they had a “good turnout” and that the kids were having fun.
“Sandusky police Chief John Orzech stressed, with the community, the whole department should be involved,” Rankins said.
During the event, two Sandusky officers, James Desalle and Jason Martin, stepped aside to play basketball with 10-year-old Brandon Hampton at a nearby court. The officers talked with Thompson about who his favorite player was, and what he thought about LeBron James’ recent signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.
OHgo volunteers, with their Bookmobile truck, handed out books to children, who could take up to five books to read for the summer, co-founder Christine Boesch said.
“We try to give (the children) as many opportunities in their own environments to thrive,” Boesch said.
OHgo co-founder Kendra Faulkner added the event helps “bring the community together.”
Wednesday’s “Freeze Pop with a Cop” event was the third of the summer — they previously hosted events at Orlando Pace Park and Farwell Park in June, Rankins said.
Four more “Freeze Pop” events are slated for the summer:
• July 18, Huron Park, 12:30-2 p.m.
• July 26, Father’s Heart Church, 1814 Milan Road, 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m.
• Aug. 1, Foxborough Park, 12:30-2 p.m.
• Aug. 12, Rye Beach Apartments, 5-6:30 p.m.