A Harford first responder program teaches children to fish


HARTFORD, Conn. – The sun was setting Hartford Thursday, but that moment shone.

The program, “Cops & Bobbers, Hooks & Ladders”, is something Hartford city officials have been offering since 2015, providing a different outlet for children in the capital and giving them valuable life skills to take home, including fish.

This is a collaborative program with other organizations that teaches children to fish, connects them to the outdoors, and fosters positive relationships in their community and with law enforcement.

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” I can not believe it. I can’t believe I caught a fish.

Moments like kids clapping after catching their own fish are why the Hartford Police and Fire Department participates in a program they call Cops & Bobbers, Hooks & Ladders.

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“I hope it will be an experience that they will continue after this event or at least remember in a way that they may now want to protect the waterways and protect the land and work for a healthy environment” , said the visitor. National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Services Manager Silvio O. Conte, Jennifer Lapis.

For some children, it was the first time. For others it was a test of patience and for others like Brittani Anderson, 18, who wants to become a police officer.

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The event is a reminder of the career path she is pursuing.

“It teaches me to be nice to people,” Anderson said.

These lessons in kindness resonated with these children, hook, line and sinker.

City officials have been hosting the event since 2015, providing a different outlet for children in the capital and giving them valuable life skills to take home with them, including fish.

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