National Night Out

Our neighborhood had a bit of excitement tonight! I was getting ready to make my dinner (and then finish up processing Pete’s photos) when I heard sirens coming down my street. I was a little nervous, especially when I looked outside and saw 2 police cars, a fire truck, an ambulance and a huge dump truck outside with lights flashing and sirens at full blast. Then I noticed all the kids and families across the street at the park cheering for them! I grabbed my camera and headed outside. I spoke with one of the officers (after he played a joke on me and told me that the city property was copyrighted and I couldn’t take photos – yes, I believed him for a hot second) and he told me that it was National Night Out – America’s Night Out Against Crime. This is an annual event designed to strengthen the neighborhoods through police-community relationships. The goal is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. It’s also a great way to get neighbors involved in Neighborhood Watch groups. All the kids took turns climbing in and out of the fire trucks, police cars and ambulances. And yes, I mentioned a dump truck…it had signs on it that said “Dump Drugs” – so creative! Here are just a few photos that I took while outside. It was so nice to meet all the neighbors!

 

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Even McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog was there!! It looked like all the kids were having a blast. I hope that the Police and Fire Deparments had great turnouts at their other stops. Thank you for all that you do!

Pete, I haven’t forgotten you!! The rest of your photos are next! If you haven’t seen Pete’s family photos, scroll down for a peek at one of the cutest families ever!