Neighbors to join up for National Night Out
By Lisa Treiber-Walter— In a show of strength against criminals, Gillespie County residents are being invited to join firefighters and law officers at their rural fire departments for “National Night Out — America’s Night Out Against Crime” open houses this coming Tuesday, Oct. 1.
“Let’s send a message to criminals that our community is united in the fight against crime,” urged Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills.
On Tuesday evening, residents are encouraged to turn on their front porch lights in a show of solidarity against crime, throw block parties to get to know their neighbors better and learn how to watch out for each other better and to participate in special activities planned around the county.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug abuse awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
“National Night Out is an important way to strengthen relationships between the sheriff’s office and the community,” Mills said. “I encourage everyone to go to your local fire station and meet your neighbors. This would also be a good time to discuss creating a ‘Neighborhood Watch Program’ for your road, subdivision or residential area.”
Each of the six fire stations in Gillespie County will be open and welcoming visitors, as well as featuring some special events, on Tuesday evening, all starting at 6 p.m.
“This is a tremendous event,” said Steve Olfers, county fire marshal.
“We’re a community who helps each other out, but this event also highlights how our multiple agencies — fire departments and law officers — collaborate so well with each other,” Olfers said.
“Let’s make this 30th anniversary of National Night Out a big success in Gillespie County,” Mills invited. “I’m going to have one of my deputies at each fire station to address any concerns residents may have in their areas and I plan on making one or two of the locations myself.”
The Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department, 124 West Main Street, invites city residents to visit for an open house celebration.
Starting at 6 p.m., volunteer firefighters will be on hand to greet visitors and neighbors who will get a chance to get to know each other better during the reception. Light refreshments will be provided.
The Tierra Linda Volunteer Fire Department (TLVFD) invites residents in that area to participate in the annual Texas National Night Out event at its station from 6-8 p.m.
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