Children with special needs will have the chance to meet first responders

Children with special needs will get an opportunity to meet first responders at the "Salute to Safety" day at the opening day games at Northern Little League baseball fields.

There will be fun and games from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Children can meet police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders, who will teach families and children how to stay safe and respond appropriately in case of an emergency.

Children can climb on the fire trucks and sit in ambulances. Their parents can enroll their children in the STAR kids emergency care plan.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for children with autism and other special needs to meet law enforcement and emergency service providers in a friendly, safe environment and learn to recognize them as adults they can trust and go to for help if they need it," said Amy Bontranger, community outreach coordinator for the Southeast Regional Autism Center.

"Salute to Safety" is free and open to the public.

Call 706-571-7771.