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100 emergency vehicles on parade today
Brothers Darryl and Scott Lindsey – both police officers at left and right – are hosting today’s Emergency Vehicle Display Show & Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair at Ripon’s community center. Seen with them are Kevin McLaughlin, of Clayton, a police vehicle restorer and his son Matt working in forensics with the Concord Police Department. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin
RIPON —  Sirens screaming down Ripon city streets at 1 p.m. today will be the highlight of the Emergency Vehicle Display Show and Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair set at the community center on Fourth Street.

More than 100 police and fire vehicles have pre-registered for the 20th annual event hosted by the Menlo Park and Ripon police departments between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.  The organizers said they had expected 130 vehicles to arrive in Ripon Friday night and this morning.

The police units – including one from the Florida Highway Patrol – will be escorted in their “code 3 parade” throughout the city by Ripon police patrol units with red lights flashing and sirens making the community aware of their presence.

The show is a non-profit fundraiser with proceeds going to the Menlo Park Police Cadet Unit and to the Ripon Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS).  The California Highway Patrol Historical Museum and the Concerns of Police Survivors are also stated to receive some of the donated funds.

Entries are open to any current or restored emergency vehicles including fire, military, tow trucks, security and ambulances that will be displayed on the grassy area of the community center in Ripon.  

Friday night was highlighted with an evening cruise of restored cars – escorted by Ripon Police units – to the Sonic Drive-In Restaurant for dinner that  was scheduled at 6 p.m.

For additional information contact the group’s website at www.riponmenloparkpolice