FREMONT – The National Night Out provides an opportunity for communities to connect with first responders outside of stressful emergency events, and the cities of Fremont and North Bend will once again take part in the festivities this week.
National Night Out began in 1984, with the simple action of neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting on front porches to visit with each other and the police who patrolled their neighborhood. Back then, the first National Night Out involved an estimated 2.5 million residents across 400 communities in 23 states. Since then, the National Night Out has evolved into a celebration of community-police partnerships, and in 2016, 38 million residents in 16,000 communities participated in the National Night Out festivities.
The Fremont Noon Kiwanis will host the Fremont event, coming up tonight, Monday, August 5th, at John C Fremont Park from 6 to 8pm. Families and children are encouraged to come by and enjoy the festivities. Kids and their parents will have the opportunity to meet Fremont Police officers, Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies, State Patrol officers and area firefighters, tour cruisers and a firetruck, and reconnect with their neighbors in a fun filled atmosphere.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to try out the new 911 simulator. The 911 simulator gives kids and adults an opportunity to learn what to expect when calling 911. The simulator was purchased with generous donations from First State Bank, Fremont Area Community Foundation and Walmart. In addition to the simulator, there will be games and bounce houses to keep the little ones having fun while they learn about safety and community from their local law enforcement.
This event will take place rain or shine – if the weather turns wet, you’ll find the festivities inside the Lenihan gym inside the Fremont Public Schools facility next to the park.
The North Bend Fire Department and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office are also organizing a second annual National Night Out for North Bend, which will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 6th from 6-8pm at the North Bend City Park. There will be free hot dogs, snow cones, games with prizes and a visit from Smokey Bear. There will be fire and police vehicles for the kids to check out, too.