Last week, the Annapolis Parks and Recreation Department’s two buses that take kids to  summer camp events needed major repairs that would take until July 18 to complete, jeopardizing the children’s summer camp experience. But UFCW Local 400, which represents Annapolis Police Officers, teamed up with Annapolis Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1926 to come to the rescue.

They partnered with Lonergan’s Charter Service to split the cost of bus transportation so that kids can get to and from Dunn Municipal Pool for lessons and swimming, and to various area locations for field trips.

“Like all of our members, Annapolis Police Officers put their community first, both on and off the job,” said Local 400 President Mark P. Federici. “We’re proud to join with our brothers and sisters at IAFF Local 1926 to make sure Annapolis kids have the best possible summer. It’s a great example of what solidarity is all about.”

“Not only is this the right thing to do when the city was unable to provide transportation for the kids, but it also provides an opportunity for us to demonstrate the strength and solidarity of our unions by working together with UFCW Local 400,” said IAFF Local 1926 President Joe Pilat. “We are committed to ensuring that the children have a fulfilling and enjoyable summer camp experience.”

Annapolis Recreation and Parks Director Roslyn Johnson extended a sincere “thank you” to the two unions for allowing city youth to continue to enjoy the enriching summer activities with minimal interruption.