by Lisa Tome
Rob Gaul was slightly disappointed that no one remembered to stock his limousine with a red carpet last Friday morning.
Gaul, a chauffeur for About Town Limousine, was decked out in a tuxedo. He wanted Calvert Elementary School students to have the full luxury experience. "It's the uniform of the driver. What we do is provide a luxury for a special trip or event. The image is very luxurious," said Gaul, as he stood next to a white stretch limo. "The customer will be treated very special, like a celebrity. One client said (being in a limo) is like a vacation."
Gaul was one of those volunteers who signed on to present at the school's Wheels Day. Wheels Day is a career day where vehicles and those who drive them are spotlighted.
Craig Anderson, a volunteer with the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun said the event, which was for students in Pre-K through second grade, gave firefighters a chance to educate children.
"We want them to know what we look like without the gear. We want them to know we are here to help them and make sure they are safe," said Anderson.
Diane Miller and her husband, Bob, from Chesapeake Gold Farm, brought along a giant John Deere tractor and corn planter. "Society kind of starts with agriculture. The community and the culture starts with us. There are so many jobs and careers in agriculture. We're here to start planting the seed," she said.
Ron Dixon, who is a plumber was also hoping to get students interested in trades. "Cecil County has Vo-Tech (Cecil County School of Technology). There are a lot of opportunities in plumbing. And it's kind of a dying trade. I'm going to ask them (students) how they get water into their house. We need to get them interested in plumbing," said Dixon.
Brian Timmons couldn't help but attract children to his vehicle. The bucket truck was raised 60 feet into the air over the school.
Timmons said because of the young age of the students, he wasn't going to get technical.
He planned to teach students power safety and the importance of the work lineman do to restore power during an emergency.
Dave Skica, a detective with the Harford County Sheriff's Office said Wheels Day gave him an opportunity to interact with children. "It's very important for kids to interact with police. We're regular people. We have families. Kids should not be afraid to walk up to a police officer or go to them with a problem," said Skica.
Ron Penhollow has worked for Cecil County Government for 36 years.
He currently works for the Roads Division. "Anything kids want to do is possible," said Penhollow, who showed off the dump truck.
Penhollow plows snow, removes fallen trees, and hauls stone, salt, trash, or dead animals.
Kurt Guethler has driven by the Statue of Liberty hundreds of times. But he's never stopped to visit it. Guethler has been a tractor trailer driver for 40 years. "It can be a good business. I enjoy driving the equipment. I meet lots of people and interact with all kinds of different people. I've seen two thirds of the country while driving but that doesn't mean I've seen it," laughed Guethler.