By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: Oct. 17, 2017 | 12:00 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – The Cedar Heart community of North Dinwiddie celebrated National National Night Out on Tuesday evening, October 3.
The event was held at Edgehill Church of Christ, 6-8 p.m on the church grounds and parking lots, 35609, Grant Avenue. Many area residents, adults, children, and families; law-enforcement officials; fire department and EMS representatives; business people; retirees; students; and local officials were in attendance for the fun, festivities, amazing food, and informative community-building event.
Buddy Yager, main organizer of the Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out in the Cedar Heart community, said, “In recent years, I began to see an increase in crime in the community and felt there was a need for community residents and law enforcement officials to come together to start looking out for each other and to take the community back.”
Yager feels that National Night Out and Neighborhood Watch have gone a long way in doing just that.
District 5 Supervisor, Brenda K. Ebron-Bonner, added that “The work of Mr. Yager and so many others, has made this event successful for three years now, and has gone a long way in making a difference throughout all of the Cedar Heart community. There is clearly more closeness and neighbors watching out for neighbors, as well as stronger and positive bonds with law enforcement officials.”
National Night Out is a yearly community event held across our entire country. It is observed by most of the country on the second Tuesday of August, with the exception of Texas—and now our own Cedar Heart—which observed National Night Out on the second Tuesday of October.
Corporal Tasha Ridley, Public Relations, Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office, said, “We have found that the weather in October is infinitely more conducive as opposed to the sometimes-stifling heat of August, to bring more folks out for the event.”
The intent of the observance is for law enforcement, fire, EMS, local officials, and community residents to come together, socialize, and get to know each other under positive and fun circumstances. This helps in promoting safety and trust throughout the entire community. Events like these and others also serve to help in alleviating many pre-conceived notions that some individuals may have about law enforcement officials.
Dr. Russ Jurek, one of the event organizers, grilled up delicious hamburgers and hot dogs throughout the event. Law enforcement presented canine demonstrations and various other exhibitions throughout the course of the evening.
Deputy Zachary Hare, and his beautiful walker-hound, Officer Zoe, were there to greet everyone. Deputy Hare and Zoe are Resource Officers at Sutherland Elementary.
Everyone at the event fell in love with Zoe. Fire and EMS officials gave demonstrations as well. There was also a cornhole competition and awesome door prizes.
All activities were free-of-charge for everyone in the North Dinwiddie community.