LIMA — Bill Baker took his wife and kids to the Allen County Fairgrounds to check out National Night Out. They were there to support a cousin who works in the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.
“I love it. The kids love it,” he said.
The kids got their faces painted and they enjoyed playing in the bounce house.
“I like the equipment, the fire trucks, the horses, and everybody here is very friendly,” Baker said.
It’s the first time the Allen County Sheriff’s Office organized an event like this.
“This is the first time I’ve been sheriff, so this is something new I wanted to do. It’s been very common that during National Night Out, we send people everywhere to everybody else’s National Night Out, and we sat down and thought about it and we thought, ‘We have so much stuff to offer, just ourselves as a sheriff’s office, we might as well have own National Night Out so everyone can come and see exactly what we have,’” said Sheriff Matt Treglia.
So what is National Night Out all about?
“It’s about communities. It’s about people coming out and visiting with us, seeing what we are and what we’re about, the tools that we have that are able to take care of them better,” he said.
People could check out fire trucks, the mounted posse, corrections officers, the dive team and the SWAT team. Deputy Jared Gesler is a member of the SWAT team and was showing off two drones that can be useful in a variety of situations.
“What we would generally use these two drones for would be search and rescue operations, disaster response, scouting out if there are flooded roads or something to see what we could do and then walkaways from nursing homes or young children that get lost or something, we’re able to use these and cover a lot larger area than just walking around on foot looking,” said Gesler.
Despite the threat of rain and thunderstorms, the event went off without a hitch.
“This has been a great day. I can’t say enough good about the sheriff’s office staff, the people that work for me, they’ve all shown up in droves to help out with this event. I think it’s great,” said Treglia.
Other area National Night Out celebrations included Beaverdam, Bluffton and Pandora combining efforts at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, in Delphos at Stadium Park, in Elida at the Elida Fieldhouse parking lot, in Lima at the Town Square, in Ottawa at Putnam Parkway, in Shawnee Township at Heritage Park, and in Wapakoneta at the Harmon Park Gazebo.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.