State Police Troop E hosts campers from Camp Good Days and Special Times

FARMINGTON — Allivea Maxon is 5. She loves to give out high fives and yes, even low fives.

No need to guess how many times the Hilton girl pet a horse ridden by a state trooper during a special presentation for Camp Good Days and Special Times summer campers on Wednesday at the troopers’ Troop E barracks. Yes, five.

And how many of the activities did she enjoy during the camp? You’ll need a hint because this time, it was more than five.

“I liked everything,” she said.

Camp Good Days reached out to Troop E about taking a tour of the facility, and the answer back was yes — and the troopers wanted to do more for the kids, said State Police Maj. Rick Allen.

“It’s the least we can do,” Allen said. “These kids are going through so much. We decided to try and make their day fun.”

Besides the police steed, campers were able to watch a drone zigzag through the sky and see a police scuba team member maneuver inside a cramped water tank.

They were able to put their high-tech skills to use by trying out the robot used during bomb investigations.

It wasn’t all police stuff.

The kids also were able to play inside a bounce house — a personal favorite for Emily Conrow, 6, of Rochester — and they were treated to a hot dog lunch when it was all done. Chris Wilkinson the Magic Guy entertained the crowd, and a few troopers as well.

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The kids also were able to enjoy a K-9 unit demonstration, even though camper Shayne Ranson, 7, knew ahead of time these dogs are used for “mostly explosive stuff and to find drugs,” he said.

“They’re cool,” Shayne said.

The program for campers is the latest way in which State Police officers are reaching out to the community.

Just last week, troopers helped a young man be Rochester police chief for a day, allowing him to sit in a helicopter and giving him short-term hiring and firing privileges. This was over and above recent law enforcement torch runs to help Special Olympics athletes.

“We do more than just police work,” Allen said. “We want to do more of these things.”

Gary Mervis, who founded Camp Good Days and had a front-row seat for a few of the police demonstrations, said troopers went above and beyond for the kids.

“The good things they’re doing for these kids is a real thrill for them,” Mervis said. “These guys have done a fantastic job.”