Scenes from National Night Out

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(Posted Aug. 3, 2022)

National Night Out activities took place on Aug. 2 at Choctaw Lake and in London and West Jefferson. Law enforcement and other first responder agencies treated the public to family-friendly activities.

Messenger photo by Jeff Pfeil
A large crowd came to the West Jefferson Community Center for National Night Out where they enjoyed inflatables, a dunk tank, meeting police and fire fighters, MedFlight and food.
Messenger photo by Jeff Pfeil
Carter Patterson, 5, eats a cup of ice cream from the Graeter’s Ice Cream Truck sponsored by Duke Realty at West Jefferson’s National Night Out.
Messenger photo by Jeff Pfeil
Jersey Blevins, 4, sits in a West Jefferson police cruiser as she enjoys National Night Out.
Messenger photo by Jeff Pfeil
Reagan Kahrig, 3, models the new backpack she received at National Night Out. She will begin pre-school in South-Western City Schools in the fall.
Messenger photo by Jeff Pfeil
Peyton and Hunter Trein sit in the seat of the MedFlight helicopter that landed beside the West Jefferson Community Center for National Night Out.
Messenger photo by Jeff Pfeil
Marshall Jacob, 8, aims the fire hose at the target to knock out windows at West Jefferson’s National Night Out.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
South Charleston Police Officer Anthony Roberts hands out free pencils to Jersie Bevington, 5, during National Night Out activities at Choctaw Lake on Aug. 2. Roberts and other representatives of the police department arrived in the department’s Humvee, a vehicle used in off-road rescues. Bevington, a resident of Raleigh, N.C., was visiting family in the area.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Elizabeth and Robert Bond, Choctaw Lake residents, peruse the raffle prize table during the lake’s National Night Out activities on Aug. 2. The raffle and a 50/50 drawing benefited first responders.
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Lyla Mowry, 2.5 years old, slips and slides through an inflatable tunnel, one of many children’s activities at Choctaw Lake’s National Night Out. Mowry, a Springfield resident, was visiting her grandmother, Marla Morland, who lives at Choctaw Lake.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Camden Siders, 8, is thrilled to be in the driver’s seat of the “Paddy Wagon,” a 1977 Chevy pickup truck converted into a whimsical vehicle for hauling around “bad guys.” The Paddy Wagon belongs to Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Crabbe, who acquired it about seven years ago from a fellow law enforcement officer at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy. Crabbe takes the wagon to parades, car shows, and other events. Siders is a Choctaw Lake resident. He and his family attend the lake’s National Night Out every year.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Lt. Carolyn Anderson with the Madison County Emergency Medical District (EMD) helps Lainey McQuirt, 2, take aim atop a cornhole board. During National Night Out activities at Choctaw Lake, the EMD gave children a choice of playing cornhole or answering medical trivia questions in exchange for candy.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Giannis Gonzalez, 2, is all smiles after donning a fire men’s helmet at London’s National Night Out. Gonzalez’s mother, Kaylee Payne (left), said her son got a kick out of seeing all the first responder vehicles and Ygor, the London Police Department’s K-9 officer.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Branson Cooper, 6, of London tests the weight of a safety vest worn by members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s special response team (SRT). Trooper Nadi Graham, an SRT medic with the Columbus unit, shared information during London’s National Night Out on Aug. 2. Cooper’s favorite parts of the event were seeing the police vehicles and meeting Ygor, the London Police Department’s K-9 officer.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Wearing a fire fighter’s helmet, Brayden Cain, 6, enjoys popcorn while checking out the inside of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency’s rehab truck at London’s National Night Out on Aug. 2.

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