- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A museum in Lansing has opened a first responders exhibit that highlights the work of police officers and firefighters over the years.

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum exhibit includes a shiny red 1938 Reo Speed Wagon as well as a Gold Crown fire truck that sold for more than $1,300 back then and served the Bainbridge Fire Company in Pennsylvania until 1972, the Lansing State Journal (https://on.lsj.com/2aJ9230 ) reported.

“Policemen and firemen, these are our friends, these are our heroes,” said Bill Adcock, director of the museum. “We really want kids to understand that these people are working for you. They save us, they don’t hurt us.”

Adcock describes the exhibit, which opened in July, as a working and living display.

“We will add to it, probably do something to show 911 dispatchers, EMS people,” Adcock said. “We want to get them into the fold. They are all part of these groups that make up first responders.”

Adcock said the idea for the museum grew after the death of firefighter Dennis Rodeman, who was hit by a vehicle in 2015. There was a push to rename the R.E. Olds Freeway in honor of Rodeman. Adcock was against the idea and offered to create an exhibit in honor of first responders instead.

“I know they put their lives on the line whenever they go out,” said Michael Wallace, a museum visitor from Madison, Wisconsin. “All in uniform, especially on a hot day. This is quite a tribute to them. I hope many of them get to come see this. See how important they are to their community.”

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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