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Central Kitsap firefighters spread cheer (and water)

Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue paramedic/firefighter Brett Twomey gives camper Jory Reyes, 6, of McChord Air Force Base, a fire hat.  - Photo by Tracey Cooper
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue paramedic/firefighter Brett Twomey gives camper Jory Reyes, 6, of McChord Air Force Base, a fire hat.
— image credit: Photo by Tracey Cooper

KEY PENINSULA — The rain came down in buckets June 26, but that was a good thing.

Children rolled, danced and ran through the miniature monsoon, a cool treat from the Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue off duty crew.

CKFR was one of the organizations represented at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s camp “VIP Day” at Camp Seymour on the Key Peninsula.

“It’s fun, said paramedic/firefighter Brett Twomey. “It’s fun to be able to work in a department that supports this.”

The firefighters are Professional Firefighters of Kitsap County IAFF Local 2819. The Union supports the MDA through campaigns such as “Fill the Boot.”

This is the first year CKFR participated in the camp because for the past several years it’s been held near faraway Newcastle.

About 55 children attended the camp last week and could climb up into the cab of the ladder truck or engine firefighters brought to the event.

Firefighter Bill Green perched on Engine 45 and intermittently blasted water into the air. Below, his daughter Noelle, 6, splashed in the water.

This was Noelle’s first year at the camp, which is open to children from six to 21 years old.

Children from all over Western Washington attended the six-day camp.

“He can see other children who are just like him,” said Paulette Reyes of her son Jory, 6. The boy had just finished sitting behind the wheel of Ladder 51.

The pool certainly looked good to Noelle. She listed off the week’s activities in between bites of pizza.

“Crafts, we went fishing and rode a Harley,” she said.

The camp is free to children.

“I’m hoping this is something we can do every year,” Green said.

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