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Neighborhood events highlight Marysville's National Night Out

 

August 9, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Alex and Kyle Bontrager grab firefighter hats from the Marysville Fire District during the Marysville National Night Out on Aug.

Marysville neighborhoods got together on Aug. 1 as part of the annual National Night Out to meet local police officers, firefighters and city officials.

The national event began in 1984 and is meant to raise awareness of community police efforts and bring neighborhoods together for a night.

The City of Marysville used to have one large event but has been moving to more neighborhood focused events.

This year the communities around Rolling Green Estates, the Lodge, and Pacific Meadows Park, and at least three others, held events for the night.

A central event for the city was also held for National Night Out.

Local Kim Swimm said she was "loving" the event.

"This is the first time I've been here," she said, "but I came out to support the local law enforcement."

Families and kids are able to meet firefighters, police officers and other city officials at the events.

"I like that the community can come out and interact with the officers and fire department and get to know them personally," said local parent Jennifer Bontrager.

"It's not just a badge and a department, they're people," she said.

Sergeant Rick Sparr of the Marysville Police Department said the event provided a positive opportunity for the police to interact with the community.

"Obviously it's good to be able to see the kids and the community both," he said. "I have the added luxury of working at the schools so I get to see a lot of the kids here and at the school."

Despite the heat wave, Sparr said that a lot of people came out to Jennings Park for this year's National Night Out. "It looks like it's going really well, it's a good turnout," he said.

Community members got hot dogs and other food at the park.

Police gave a K-9 demonstration and the Marysville Fire District gave away fire hats and goodie bags.

The Marysville Police Department also showed off some of their vehicles and other tactical vans at the park and kids got to climb through some of them.

Christopher Andersson

Local Makenzie Walters climbs out of the roof of one of the Marysville Police Department's new tactical vans during National Night Out on Aug. 1.

"I think the kids like getting to see the equipment and the K-9 demonstration, and some like seeing the officers," Sparr joked.

National Night Out also serves as an opportunity for community members to learn about their city.

The public has a chance to interact with public servants and learn about what is going on that they don't normally have.

"If you have questions and don't normally come into contact with police officers, maybe you don't know what services they have for public service," said Bontrager. "So it's a great opportunity for everyone to interact and ask questions that need to be asked."

More information about the City of Marysville's National Night Out program is available at http://www.marysvillewa.gov/933/National-Night-Out.

 

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