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Hartford police officers walk the "Toughest Beat"

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On Wednesday, Hartford police officers visited children at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. (WFSB) On Wednesday, Hartford police officers visited children at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

It is considered a police officer’s toughest beat—visiting sick children at the hospital, all as an effort to make their day a little brighter.

On Wednesday, Hartford police officers visited children at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as a means of distraction from their illnesses.

"There are some tough beats to walk through the city, walking through that ICU is probably the toughest thing you'll walk through in your life. So when you think you have problems, you walk through and see how strong these people are enduring that," said Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.

Police showed children some of the high tech police equipment they use, and even helped them try some of it on.

Brandon Rodriguez, 11, has been at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center since Monday morning after getting his appendix taken out. On Wednesday he was definitely interested in seeing what police officers do on the job.

“It's really nice of them to do this for like kids who are hurt in the hospital and come out and see all this stuff,” Rodriguez said.

Hartford police have all kinds of equipment for the children to look at, from SWAT trucks to motorcycles. Even a few police dogs made an appearance.

Many of the children were overwhelmed by how much there was sitting right outside the doors.

While the officers added a bit of excitement to a child’s day, the visit helped them in return.

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