All hands on deck at annual fire and police open house

Parents and children flocked to the annual Hinsdale Fire and Police departments' open house Saturday. With several demonstrations and exhibits, the annual event was a big hit. Zane Barakat gets a lesson in finger print dusting from detective Carter Sward while CJ DiNardo checks out the fit of his souvenir Hinsdale firefighter helmet. After strapping in Crystal Plomer and her daughters, Mia and Max, firefighter/paramedic Andy Smith raises the ladder. Firefighter/paramedic Nick Chism lets A. J. Boyd take a swing with an "axe." Nico Dalle Molle enjoys getting behind the wheel of one of the department's engines. (Jim Slonoff photos)