LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - French Island got into the season with a special guest roaming their streets when the Town of Campbell Fire Department gave Santa Claus a tour of French Island.
After meeting at the fire station, they pulled Santa's sleigh behind their fire trucks as they visitied the most of French Island's public parks and a nursing home Sunday afternoon.
Santa had a bag of treats to give children of all ages. He also gave out fire safety packets to help them keep safe year round.
Jeff Nylander is a fire education coordinator with the Campbell Fire Department and the fire-fighter who started to program 12 years ago. He said he's seen the impact of the event on the community over time.
Seeing the same people every year - they're getting little bit older. They bring their grand kids, and all of the sudden their grand kids are growing up. . . . That whole connection. We need that in our lives in order to stay a good healthy community," said Nylander.
Nylander says one of their fire fighters remembers sitting on Santa's lap at this very event years ago.
His daughter is also a fire firefighter.
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