BI-LO store No. 5427 in Red Bank, Tenn., teamed up with the local police department and State Farm Insurance to host the first Red Bank Community Safety Expo Sept. 28.
Held in the store’s parking lot, the event concentrated on the importance of residential safety. Officers spoke about driver safety awareness, focusing specifically on issues involving teen and senior drivers, such as texting and driving and sitting too close to the steering wheel. Officers also performed child-seat inspections to make sure they were installed properly. Even “McGruff the Crime Dog” made a special appearance.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol brought several wrecked cars and a rollover vehicle to demonstrate what can happen in a crash. The event also educated community members on the importance of discarding expired prescription drugs and identified local secure drop-off locations for any that might be in customer medicine cabinets.
BI-LO associates provided lunch for volunteers and met with neighbors who came out to learn more about the importance of safety within their community.
“We were honored to host members of the City of Red Bank, who work tirelessly every day to keep us safe,” said Tommy Taylor, store director. “It’s comforting to see a community come together for the benefit of taking care of one another.”