Arlington and Marysville police, fire and city staff came out to connect with community members during National Night Out on Aug. 6.
Both local cities took part in the national event that encourages neighborhoods and cities to get out and engage with each other.
“The city of Marysville is joining the nation-wide celebration,” said commander Mark Thomas with the Marysville Police Department.
The city of Marysville held a main event in Jennings Park and also supported four different localized neighborhood events throughout the city.
“I think it is a great opportunity to engage at a community level. There are a lot of City Council members here and the mayor is here,” said Thomas.
Arlington communities also organized at least four events that were held throughout the city.
“We have been doing it for a few years and a we’ve been trying to get the community more involved,” said George Brain, an Arlington resident and one of the main organizers of the Gleneagle National Night Out event.
“This is about bringing neighbors together in a place where it’s not about a particular event other than just socializing and getting to know your neighbors and city officials,” he said.
At Jennings Park Marysville officials brought out a number of local agencies, including the Department of Emergency Management.
“We’re pushing out a lot of emergency information and helping prepare them for any natural disasters,” said Thomas.
Families were also able to get close to emergency vehicles.
“This is really kid-centric and there’s an opportunity for the kids to interact with the fire engines and the police vehicles,” said Thomas.
Local families said they enjoyed the opportunity.
“It seems great. So far, so good,” said local parent Alicia Maes. “I just thought it would be good for the kids and they thought it would be cool to see the police officers."
Arlington local Timothy Hill said the night was good to learn more about what’s happening locally.
“I just like to be involved in the community and seeing what they’re doing to prevent crime, and I wanted to support our emergency teams,” he said.
Christie Veley, Marysville Fire District's public education and information specialist, said local fire officials get to talk about all the services they provide, like car seat checks and smoke alarm checks, that people may not know about.
“For us, this is just a chance to show the community we’re here and to let them know what services we provide,” she said.
“I think that people like knowing that their city is there for them and wants to put events on for them,” she said.
Brain said that event helps you meet not just your local city staff and police officers, but your neighbors as well.
“The camaraderie is really great. The community’s feedback is how wonderful it has been to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise meet. Typically you just meet the people that are next to your home and those three to five neighbors,” he said.