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Classmates look on as Jefferson City Police Officer Collier Nichols tells the details about the tactical gear sixth-grader Aaron Sackman is wearing. Nichols gave the demonstration during a career fair at St. Joseph Cathedral School.

Classmates look on as Jefferson City Police Officer Collier Nichols tells the details about the tactical gear sixth-grader Aaron Sackman is wearing. Nichols gave the demonstration during a career fair at St. Joseph Cathedral School. Photo by Julie Smith.

The black bullet-proof SWAT vest all but engulfed Aaron Sackman, a sixth-grader at St. Joseph Cathedral School. But trying on the police equipment was a bit like trying on his dream, because Sackman said, someday, he might want to be a police officer.

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Jefferson City Fire Department Capt. Ron Smith shows seventh-grader Gabe Mason some of the items firefighters use as Mason dons Smith’s bunker gear during a career fair Thursday.

After shrugging off the vest and helmet so that other students could wear it, too, he said: “It felt like I was really protected. And it was heavy. But I think I would rather wear that, than get shot.”

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