(Posted July 30, 2015)
By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer
West Jefferson’s National Night Out, set for Aug. 4, is an opportunity to learn about crime fighting and personal safety.
This year’s event will be held at the municipal pool beginning at 6 p.m. and will be bigger than last year, says Ray Martin, village council’s special events chairmen.
Target, which has a distribution center in West Jefferson’s business park, donated money to the village for the purchase of 300 bicycle helmets to distribute to children who attend National Night Out.
The police department’s bike patrol will be on hand to demonstrate bicycle safety and explain their role in the community. Also joining the police officers will be the department’s drug-sniffing dog, Arc.
Vehicles used by police officers, sheriff’s deputies and highway patrol troopers will be on display. Officers will explain the many tools they have at their fingertips to fight crime.
Firefighters from Jefferson Township will display their vehicles and teach fire safety and prevention, including how to escape from a burning building. Also, Life Flight will make an appearance.
Through these interactions, village, township, county and state safety forces will work to build a rapport with not only the children in attendance, but also the adults.
Members of the Ohio National Guard also will be on hand as will staff members from Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library. Organizers will continue to recruit participants with safety presentations up until the day of the event.
Besides the educational displays, there will be some fun.
“We’ll have a dunk tank,” Martin said.
Members of Life in Christ Fellowship will serve up grilled hot dogs.
West Jefferson is one of over 16,000 communities across the United States observing National Night Out, an initiative that promotes partnerships between police and the community and camaraderie between neighbors. Participating communities host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and safety demonstrations. The overarching goal is to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live.
The West Jefferson municipal pool is located at 45 Inwood Road.