National Night Out at Choctaw Lake

(Posted Aug. 5, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Choctaw Lake hosted National Night Out activities on Aug. 3 at the lake. The purpose of NNO is to bring together law enforcement personnel, first responders, and the community in a family-friendly setting. The night included live music, food, a MedFlight landing, vehicle displays, and children’s activities.

Deputies from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office face off in a friendly hoops game against Choctaw Lake residents Cuyler Greenhill, 14, Connor Johannessen, 14, and Carson Stevens, 15. The deputies included Wes Davis, Tristen Ruef and Tyler Karshner.
Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Wes Davis hands badge stickers to (from left) Connor Johannessen, 14, Carson Stevens, 15, and Cuyler Greenhill, 14, following a game of hoops. The boys live at Choctaw Lake.
Ryan McCann, a firefighter with Central Townships Joint Fire District, shows Austin Burt, 8, a thermal imaging camera used to detect the location of heat and fire. McCann provided Burt, who was visiting from Columbus, with a thorough overview of the equipment on the fire engine the department had on display, from the buttons that activate the siren to water pressure controls, life vests, and lifesaving equipment. Burt soaked it all in.
“Sudden” was popular with children and adults at Choctaw Lake’s National Night Out (NNO) on Aug. 3. Chad Hostetler (right), and his son, Andrew, 2, were among those who stopped by to pet Sudden and talk to Darian Harness, a mounted deputy with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.
Making the bongos thump, Mike Jugans sits in with the band Counterpoint (shown in the background on the stage) for a few songs. Jugans is a member of the band Rendition which also played at Choctaw Lake’s National Night Out. Jugans’s bandmates call him “Animal” after the Muppets character known for his very enthusiastic style of drum-playing.
Once the blades stopped spinning and all was clear, dozens of children and adults approached to get an up-close look at the Med Flight helicopter that landed not far from the beach at Choctaw Lake.
(From left) Siblings P.J. Fry, 4, Jake Fry, 2, and Ellie Fry, 4, find out what it’s like to sit in a MedFlight helicopter. The trio was visiting from Columbus. Their grandmother recently moved to Choctaw Lake.
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