By Jeremy Wallace
TROY — National Night Out benefits many people in Miami County and across the nation.
“This is a nation wide event and the purpose of this event is for the public to meet community service workers along with local resources,” Tammy O’Toole, fund raising coordinator and committee member, said.
According to natw.org, National Night Out began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all 50 states, including Troy’s event at the levee on Tuesday.
Some of the vendors at the event included: The Duck Wagon, National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI), Frickers, Kiwanis Club of Troy, Safe Haven Mental Health Support Center, Edison Community College and the City of Troy police and fire departments.
“I enjoy coming out every year to share information with the public, talk about child safety and some of the free classes we offer,” Troy police officer Joel Misirian said.
Door prizes were raffled off every 30 minutes, in two categories one for children and one for adults. There was also a a bouncy fire house that simulated a house fire to help children to be better prepared in case of a fire emergency.
All of the vendors provided free information about their services and some even had free pop, water, hot dogs and a long line of hungry people to get free samples of chicken.
“I try to bring the kids out every year to show them the police and firefighters are here to help them,” Troy resident Sandy Hall said. “I also support all the children services in Miami County; they do a lot of good for the community.”
Anthony Wayne Pontiac put on a car show in conjunction with National Night Out. This showcased many different vehicles, including many different models of Pontiacs on display. Dash plaques and trophies were handed out to the winners.
“Our family just came to check out the festivities and see what the different vendors had to offer. We just wanted to do something as a family,” Jerrica Julian of Piqua said.
O’Toole concluded, “We are so excited that all of these organizations came out to help raise awareness in the community and they all did this for free, so we truly thank them for their generosity and time.”
For more information, visit natw.org.
Jeremy Wallace can be reached at 937-552-2199 or follow him on Twitter @TroyDailyNews