On Saturday, Aug. 19, members of the public safety crew gathered in the Hy-Vee parking lot for Perry’s Public Safety Day. The annual event brings awareness to different elements of the community that benefit from tax dollars, as well as gives families around Perry the opportunity to learn more about the different public departments taking place in their town.


This year, Larry Vodenik, Community Involvement spokesperson said.asked public safety officiators to bring additional information to their booth regarding the local options sales tax. Vodenik believes it’s important for members of the community to know how their tax dollars are being spent.


“I like the fact that it’s paid for by my local options sales tax,” Vodenik described, pointing to signs attached to pieces of equipment.


The signs told the public how much a specific piece of equipment cost, what the equipment is used for, and how long the equipment would be able to be in use.


This year, a new Fire Safety House mobile vehicle was in attendance, marking its first public appearance.


“Some of the equipment changes as they get a new firetruck or as the city replaces some things,” Vodenik said pertaining those who attend the event.


The event allowed the public to meet those involved in the public works and took place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those in attendance included the Perry Police Department, the Perry Fire Department, Dallas County EMS, Crime stoppers for the police monument, the Parks Department, and many others.


“Getting people not afraid of the squad and not afraid of us,” said Mike Thomason, Director of Operation at Dallas County. “The public coming in and seeing what a squad actually is and does because there’s a lot of mystery and there’s a lot of TV shows, so it kind of takes away that mystery and brings in reality.”