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Carthage Firefighters Welcome Students to Class

You may see Carthage firefighters outside your child's elementary school doors. The men are spending the morning greeting kids as they go to school.
CARTHAGE, MO.--- It's time for Fairview Elementary students to start the school day, but not without a greeting from the Carthage Fire Department.

"We jumped on the chance to get out to see the kids, greet them in the morning. Give them a high five, tell them to have a good day," said Chris Perry, Carthage Fire Department. 

The firefighters are the kids' first impression of the school day as they walk through the doors.

"I just feel safe. I feel like nothing is going to happen to me at all," said Arturo Navvaro, 4th Grade Student. 

I'd say they're awesome. They are heroes," said Angel Vasquez, 4th Grade Student. 

The students "heroes" are also role models.

"At this age, it's important for these kids to have that male role model, to have that positive influence in their lives. It's just another opportunity for us to get out and carry part of that role with us," said Chris Thompson, Carthage Fire Chief. 

When the bell rings for class to begin, the firefighters are off to take on their next role.

"They save lives. I'd just think that they are like Spider Man," said Navvaro. 

Carthage Bright Futures approached the firefighters about spending a week at each school greeting students in the morning. Last week, the firefighters were at Steadley Elementary.

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