On Saturday, the Lynbrook Fire Department offered free fire truck rides for residents, a longstanding tradition in Lynbrook during the holiday season.
"In part, the rides are so popular because they are such a long-running tradition that many of the parents have fond memories of the rides when they were young," said Lynbrook fire chief Raymond Burke. "I believe the department has been offering the rides since the 1960s, and we like to think of it as our Christmas present to children of the village. It has become a staple of our village during the holiday season, one that we are all very proud to be part of."
Gift packets, which included holiday safety tips, were provided to all of the children, courtesy of Committee Chairman Kory Cunningham and Fire Education Chairman Mike Kenny. The Junior Fire Department also helped out with the event.
Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce President Bill Gaylor donated candy for all the children, and Deputy Mayor Bill Hendrick dressed up as Santa Claus.
"The entire event went beautifully," Burke said. "Weather was great, the kids were out in force."
Many residents had come straight from the village's Breakfast With Santa, held at the Knights of Columbus earlier that morning. For photos from that event, .