Fire Department To Host Bike Safety Fair

By: Stephanie Ross Email
By: Stephanie Ross Email

It's common knowledge that bike helmets can save lives, but that doesn't mean that every kid wears one, or even has one.

But the Colorado Springs Fire Department, Safe Kids, Think First-National Injury Prevention Foundation and Memorial Hospital are all trying to change that.

The second annual Bike Safety Fair will be this Sunday July 15, at Station 8.

The fair started because a young boy got hit by a car just down the street from the station last year. He wasn't wearing a helmet and he was badly hurt. The firefighters wanted to do something for the community to make sure this type of accident didn't happen again.

Edwin Nuevo is just about to turn 10, a birthday many thought he would never see.

"We didn't think he was going to get through the night, and the doctors didn't think he was going to make it through the night," said firefighter Ryan Warner. "So it's pretty special that he's walking around now."

Last year, Edwin was involved in a terrible accident.

"I didn't see the car and it just hit me," he said.

He was riding his bike when he was run over by a car. Warner was on the scene that day.

"He actually had tire tracks on his back, and the bike he was on was pretty destroyed," he said.

But Edwin survived despite a terrible head injury and broken bones. In his honor, firefighters at Colorado Springs Fire Station 8, who saved Edwin's life, made the commitment to help save other lives as well.

Firefighter Kevin Apuron is running the event.

"In most of the accidents we see, the injuries could have been a whole lot better with bicycle helmets," Apuron said.

Last year they held the first annual Bike Safety Fair and this weekend, they hope the event will be even bigger.

They'll give out hundreds of helmets to kids and information to their parents about staying safe.

"Bicycle helmets just give them that extra protection," said Apuron.

Protection for kids like Edwin, who now knows the importance of wearing a helmet.

The bicycle safety fair will be Sunday July 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Station 8, which is located at 3602 Airport Road.

Not only will kids get a free helmet, but there will also be food, entertainment, a dunk tank and a bicycle rodeo.

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