First responders honored at pumpkin patch event


By Joe Belnap

Video by Joe Belnap

Jaker’s Jack-O-Lanterns let veterans and first responders in for free at their annual Cuffs and Boots event.

The Utah Highway Patrol brought a contraption they call the Seat Belt Convincer.

“It shows the kids what happens if they don’t wear a seatbelt,” said Sara Harward, owner of Jaker’s.

Harward puts on this event every year because she believes that “without them the world would be a totally different place.”

All military, public safety employees and first responders and their families got in for free.

Deputy Sheriff Jory Provstgaard has attended for three years now. “We’re here at Jaker’s Jack-O-Lanterns to show off our K9’s and do a little demo for the public here.”

Provstgaard brought Chaos, a six year old Dutch shepherd that specializes in apprehension and narcotics.

At events like these, law enforcement are able to show the public what “they don’t necessarily see all the time,” said Provstgaard, “and be able to interact with them.”

Two fire trucks raised a huge American flag over the event and all sorts of vehicles were there. “I like the SWAT mobile,” said Harward. “It’s just cool, it’s all suped up.”

Harward wanted to do something for the community. “We do this to show our appreciation and help out the Honoring Heroes Foundation. They do a lot for fallen heroes.”

Jaker’s also has slides, corn pits, animals and lots of pumpkins. Many families came out to show their support.

If you are looking for some fall family fun, Jaker’s is open all month.

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