FALLS CITY – National Night Out events in Falls City this year include two helicopters, fire hose try outs, free food and a walk against crime from Stanton Park to the aquatic center.
Police Ofc. Zachary Ractliffe said he hopes a thousand or more will join a police escort for a mile walk across town.
Ractliffe: “More or less, I mean, we’re chasing crime out of town. That’s kind of the thing with it and we’re all in this together, so we’re all going to walk together. We’re not sure how many people will participate, but incorporating the park and the pool, we thought this is a unique way to put them together.”
Events begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Stanton Lake with public safety demonstrations, hot dogs, roll-over simulator and fire extinguisher simulator.
The walk is expected to begin at 7:45 p.m.
Falls City’s Night Out has earned recognition with two national awards, but Ractliffe says the real reward is interaction in a fun environment.
Ractliffe: “ It’s extremely important for us to have strong community relationships and kind of our slogan this year, with our shirts and our water bottles and these wrist bands, is ‘in Falls City no one fights alone.’ And that’s true. I mean we are all in this together. The police are the public and the public are the police. We live here too. We want to have a safe community and we’ve got to do it together.”
2018 is the 35th anniversary of National Night Out.