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Windfall students explore at V3 Transportation in Seville

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    Medina's Freedom Kizito, 4, and his sister, Shine, 1, sit in a Seville-Guilford Fire Department truck Friday at V3 Transportation in Seville. Firefighter-paramedic Caleb Siman is at right.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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SEVILLE — V3 Transportation is a five-star destination for Windfall School.

Last year, preschoolers visited the Seville business, and “they loved it,” said Sharon Horn, Windfall’s intervention specialist. “It was the best field trip of the year. They got to see all the trucks, explore them, and not have the noises scare them away.”

Windfall brought all its students Friday.

Roughly 100 people, ages 3 to 22, attended a benefit at V3, 4920 Enterprise Parkway, where the Seville-Guilford Fire Department had several trucks and ambulances on display for the children to climb aboard.

Many of the trucks are being stored at V3 after the roof caved in on the fire station in August 2016.

“They got to see police officers and firemen,” Horn said. “They got to go inside the big truck. How cool is that? It’s a nice way for our kids to interact with the community.”

Faith King, assistant director of children’s services for Windfall School and the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities, said she appreciated that the benefit was just for her school.

“This is a Seville event,” she said. “How nice is that?

“It gives (the children) an opportunity to put their hands on the equipment that might be scary to them. It will help them better understand what the trucks are used for.”

John Sliter, president of V3, said he loves giving back to the community.

“It’s something in our culture,” he said. “It also raises awareness for the school.”

Many of V3’s 52 employees were on hand for the benefit, which included food, balloons and face-painting.

V3 also is collecting items for Windfall School. For information, email dwhiteman@ v3transportation.com.

“Hopefully, next year’s event is even bigger,” Sliter said.

Several firefighters at the event said they can’t wait until the new fire station is complete.

“V3 has been very, very good to us,” firefighter-paramedic Caleb Siman said. “It’s close to our station. It will be nice to have everything under one roof.”

The revamped fire station is expected to be finished by November.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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