Blaring sirens and horns were heard in Harker Heights on Wednesday, but the first-responder vehicles were not at the scene of an accident.

Harker Heights siblings Enid McDonald, 9, and Wyatt McDonald, 6, were able to sit in the municipal court’s new city marshal vehicle.

Both said they had fun at the “big truck day” at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Library.

“I wanted to see the big Army truck,” Wyatt said. “There was a long line.”

Enid said she didn’t know which one she liked the best.

Their mother, Nancy McDonald, said she liked the Hill Country Transit District’s HOP bus because it was air conditioned.

McDonald said her children participated in most of the library’s summer activities.

“It’s been great because along with the reading program they’ve been doing, they can go to these events and get more interested in the library,” she said.

Children’s Librarian Amanda Hairston said the “big truck day,” marked the end of the library’s weekly Wacky Wednesday program, but more summer library programs are expected.

The event featured some of the police department’s fleet, the city marshal vehicle, one of Harker Heights Fire Department’s ladder trucks, a John Deere tractor used by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, vehicles used by the Water Department, new vehicles from Freedom Jeep Chrysler and a couple of Army vehicles.

Pfc. Anthony Rodarte said the 510th Clearance Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, brought a Humvee and a buffalo.

The armored buffalo’s arm and claw is able to safely dig around and disable improvised explosive devices, Rodarte said.

Hairston said the “big truck day” is an annual occurrence at the library.

“They brought out some fun, huge things for the kids this year, and it’s fun for them to get in and everything and get to honk the horn,” she said.

Overall, Hairston said Wacky Wednesdays were a success at the library, with quality performers captivating audiences of all ages.

Library Director Lisa Youngblood said summer programs still continue at the library, and parents have until Aug. 24 to log the number of books read for the Summer Reading Club.

Parents can find out about upcoming programs at

Contact Rachael Riley at or 254-501-7553

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