Get Free Ice Cream For Wearing A Bike Helmet In Brownville

BROWNVILLE, New York (WWNY) – A local fire department and ice cream parlor have teamed up to teach the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet.

It comes as the community of Brownville mourns the death of a local boy whose bike hit a truck towing a trailer.

“It was kind of a big secret. We worked on it with Lickety Split and we’re going to roll it out today,” Brownville Fire Department District Chief Ryan McIntosh said.

This secret is a reward – an ice cream for wearing a helmet while riding a bike.

“Kids caught wearing a helmet, which is a good thing, showing safety, will receive a gift certificate where they can get a kid’s ice cream,” said Eric Symonds, owner of Lickety Split Ice. Creamshoppe.

Firefighters and Lickety Split will hand out 100 certificates. It’s a way to teach safety and communicate with all members of the community.

“I hope it’s huge. It’s not just for kids, but for adults to wear their helmets. It gives us firefighters a bit more interaction with people in non-emergency mode,” McIntosh said.

Firefighters decided on Tuesday to launch the program after a bicycle accident last week. Officials say Caleb Weygandt, 14, died after colliding with a truck towing a trailer.

“I was actually going for a run and while I was changing my clothes, within five minutes I started hearing sirens,” Symonds said. “It’s sad to see something so preventative with a bicycle helmet.”

“We hope this will just keep his memory alive and let people know that we are thinking of him and his family. Hopefully this will prevent something like this from happening again,” McIntosh said.

The chef hopes to continue encouraging people to be safe by working with more businesses in the village once all the ice cream certificates have been handed over.

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