Shelton PD tops first responders in battle for pumpkin carving supremacy

SHELTON - The police department topped the city’s other first responders for pumpkin carving bragging rights.

Shelton police earned Best in Show, with Echo Hose Ambulance winning Resident Choice and the Shelton Fire Department capturing the honor for Best Classic Carving in Wesley Village’s Hometown Heroes Pumpkin Carving Contest.

More than 200 votes were cast from Wesley Village residents as well as families, staff and friends of the facility. Wesley Village. More than 65 notes of appreciation were also shared with the hometown heroes, according to Marissa Salvesen, manager of mission development with United Methodist Homes.

“This was our first time doing this with our first responders,” Salvesen said. “Typically, we do pumpkin decorating contests with residents or staff, but this year we were looking for a way to get some community involvement.”

Competing for best in show were teams from the police department with a police car and prison cell jetting out the side of the pumpkin; Echo Hose, with pumpkins laid out like a person on a gurney; and the fire department, with a firefighter using a fire hose carved out.

“We had a good response overall, since we had representation from the Shelton police department, Echo Hose Ambulance, and the Shelton Fire Department," she said. “If we do it again, we would love to get more groups involved."