Eli Thompson displays how firemen wear their helmets and masks, with the assistance of Capt. Dave Meadows. â€” Post & Mail photo / Robin R. Plasterer
SOUTH WHITELY â€“ For a quarter of a century, Capt. Dave Meadows has been fighting fires for the City of Fort Wayne. For most of those years he has visited South Whitley Elementary School to teach children fire safety with Cleveland Township firemen.
The South Whitley native works in the Safety Education Division of the Fort Wayne Fire Department and recently brought his dog â€śShadowâ€ť as part of his class demonstration.
â€śI rescued him. He is a Shepherd Labrador mix and heâ€™s a certified therapy dog,â€ť said Capt. Meadows.
Students of SWES were taught to â€ślearn not to burn.â€ś With Capt. Meadows leading the way, the children listed â€śhot stuffâ€ť around the house including stoves, candles, microwave, fireplaces, frying pans, matches and lighters.
The also practiced the â€śStop, Drop and Rollâ€ť technique.
Capt. Meadows concluded, â€śIf you do your job and your parents do theirs you probably will never be in a fire.â€ť