D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - It was Boots and Badges, and burgers, on Saturday in D'Iberville.
And the firetruck tours were free, courtesy of Ty Bowen. The youngster from Gulfport was in his element.
"It's the best day of my life," Ty said, out of breath from running. "It's this thing over here."
Whataburger in D'Iberville sponsored the first-time event to showcase the city's fire and police departments, and provide free eats and treats for the kids.
"It shows, especially for the children; to us," said Mark Wright, general manager of Whataburger. "They are the heroes around here."
It event was both educational and fun.
"They can see what they do, and the dangers of the job," said parent Connie Hall. "As well as the fun and the camaraderie the people have that work together."
Mom and former volunteer firefighter Morgan Hoover knows the importance of first responders from two perspectives.
"My house caught fire not too long ago," Hoover said. "And if it weren't for the fire department coming out there and trying to salvage some what of what they could, then, you know. I like him being around the cops because my uncle's a cop too, and the fire department, to help out in any way he possibly can."
Lt. Phillip Albert has been with the D'Iberville Fire Department for 20 years.
"Being able to see the reaction on their faces. I can remember back to my childhood, my dad was a retired fireman. I enjoy it," Albert said. "To hear little kids say, 'I want to be a fireman,' and I've got a little boy of my own that's fixing to be six and that's all he talks about doing."