Loma Linda, Calif. (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
The skies over Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital roared with the sounds of police choppers making dramatic landings, while on the ground, a squadron of police motorcycles and cars, with flashing lights and sirens in full blast, paraded, delighting the kids who were there for the 14th annual Cops for Kids Fly-In.
Dozens of law enforcement, aviation and air support officers from throughout Southern California were cheered on by the kids and other spectators at the event held Wednesday, Oct. 10, on the Loma Linda University lawn.
Law enforcement officers treated the kids to up-close and personal inspections of the police choppers and vehicles, and later distributed presents collected from a toy drive.
“The Cops for Kids Fly-In is a highlight for the patients, as well as the staff, each year at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital,” said Zareh Sarrafian, Children’s Hospital administrator. “And this year was certainly no exception. We are so honored to be a part of this event and thankful to all the outstanding members of law enforcement who take time out of their schedules to participate.”
The Cops for Kids Fly-In was started in 1998 by then Riverside Police Pilot, Deputy Jeff Werblun, who is now a Sacramento Sheriff’s Air Operations Pilot, and his flying partner, Riverside Police Pilot Don Miskulin.
The toy drive was organized in honor of Megan Colley, then a 9-year-old patient at Children’s Hospital. The event has since become a highlight for the hospital, bringing cheer and excitement to the kids.
Photo caption: Law enforcement officers from throughout Southern California brought cheer to the kids at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital at the 14th annual Cops for Kids Fly-In on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The officers put on a show with dramatic police chopper landings and a parade of police vehicles on the Loma Linda University lawn.
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About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital - LLUCH
The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in the vast geographic region of the San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 277 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the country, and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility for Loma Linda University and is part of the Loma Linda University health care system. Known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation, LLUCH has performed more infant heart transplants than any other center of its kind.