FALLS CITY – Falls City celebrated the 35th anniversary of National Night Out at a new location and with an extra emphasis on interaction between police, first responders and kids.
The event featured free hot dogs, helicopter landing, fire escape simulator, impaired driving obstacle course and fire hose try outs.
Ofc. Zachary Ractliffe said Stanton Lake was the right move.
Ractliffe: “I would say that it turned out really well. The first year we had a great, great turnout. The second year, I think we could have been a little bit better about getting the word out, but we still did win a national award for that.
“This year I think is even better than the first two years. We have more interaction with kids, more interaction with people. And that was kind of the thing. We wanted law enforcement to actually be walking around, talking to kids, playing games with kids, so they see that we’re people. That’s always been the goal, but we’ve been really kind of harping on that this year.”
The Nebraska State Patrol participated in National Night Out events across the state, but only Lincoln and Falls City received a visit from the state patrol superintendent.
Moments after stepping off the state patrol helicopter, Col. John Bolduc commented on the park packed with kids and families.
Bolduc: “It’s a great night. It’s great to see all the kids coming out to see the displays, the fire department, the police department. We have EMS here, of course, our state patrol helicopter – always a big hit with the kids – and over here we’re doing a little bit of persuading, making sure our young people are buckling up because that’s going to save your life in an accident.”
The event concluded across town from the lake at the aquatic center, where there was a night of free swimming.
Sources at the grill say 700 hot dogs were cooked to perfection.