National Night Out Slide show:
As we close out our 26th year of National Night Out and begin to prepare for the 27th edition we want to take a few minutes to reflect on this year’s amazing program. Although the weather at first did not look like it was going to cooperate we made the decision to go ahead with our program as we have never missed a Night Out in 26 years. Even with the rain coming down people started to trickle in and as the rain stopped there was a steady stream of citizens from Children to Senior Citizens pouring into Washington Park with several hundred filling the Park during the evening. What a testament to the resilience of our residents and their dedication to be a part of Public Safety in our Community.
We saw a lot of new faces and families at the event as well as a many familiar faces. There was a mix of citizens of all ages from babies to senior citizens, especially a large increase in young children and that is very encouraging and exactly what we want to see. Unfortunately in Law Enforcement most of our interactions are not in a positive setting. National Night Out is one of our programs that gives us the opportunity to have positive interaction with citizens, families and especially children and build a relationship that teaches the value of trusting in the Police Department. We constantly work with the Community to send the message that we are here to keep it safe and the best way to do that is to have Community support starting with the children all the way to our senior citizens. A strong partnership within the Community is truly our best weapon in keeping it safe, it only takes a few minutes of time to get involved and make a difference. Without the help of the Community we would not have the success that we do in public safety.
With recent tragedies within our Law Enforcement family nationwide it is now more important than ever to have this great relationship with our Community that we enjoy so very much. We constantly receive all kinds of baked goods and we have a wall that is full of thank you cards in the Police Station. We have children waiving at patrol cars and there are so many citizens stopping our Officers to just say thank you and telling us they appreciate what we do that we can’t even keep count. These are just a few examples of the acts of kindness that have been shown to the Police Department. This support from our Community is second to none and we are very proud to have them standing behind us, it truly is a great feeling to know they take the time to let us know they appreciate what we do and in turn we will continue to do our best for them each and every day. This truly is what National Night Out is all about !!
We want to commend every citizen that gets involved in crime prevention and steps up to make this Community a safer place. We want to especially thank our Night Out Committee Arlene Langendorfer, Donna Howlett, Ruby Green, Lorie Michalak Herman and Martha DeJesus for their hard work. Most of them have been part of this program for over 15 years and Arlene has been part of this program for the entire 26 years. Their dedication is amazing and we could not do this program without them. We want to also commend all of our Police Officers who have given their time to this program every year for the last 26 years, the large number of Officers who volunteer to participate each year shows their dedication to the Community. This is their night to have positive interaction and show the fun human side of who we are as well. We also want to thank Chief Mike Edwards and the Dunkirk Fire Department for their many years of participation, we have an amazing relationship with our Fire Department and they have been a very welcomed addition to our Night Out activities.
The Dunkirk Police Department and Night Out Committee would like to thank all of our business sponsors for their support and dedication over the years, without them we would not enjoy the success we have. Our many thanks to Blasdell Pizza – Mark Dulak, Tops Markets – Scott Obert, WalMart – Brad Balentine, Southpaw Signs – Cody Britton, Paper Factory – Bruce & Ann Mulkin, McDonalds Restaurant – Sam Giambrone, G&E Tents – Bob Bankowski & Bob Karin, Awesome Bouncers – Jason, JJ & Sherry Genovese, Save a Lot – Kevin Connelly & James Bartlett, Atlas Comfort Cabins- Roger Gloss, The Rising Band – Frank Beach, Edwin Ramos, Don Hinman, Jamie Warrick & Tom Dawes, Family Video – Allison Bonetsky, Tim Hortons – Dave & Gina Kron, Robo Mart –Sammie Greenman, One Stop Food Mart -Ginger Pokoj, Dollar General – Doreen Schwartz & Dawn Esperanza, Millers Apparel – Shirlene Miller and Photographer Ron Szot. A special thanks to WDOE – Dave Rowley, The Observer – Jo Ward, Mayor Willie Rosas, the Common Council and the Parks, Recreation and DPW Departments for all their support. This is truly a Community event and with everyone working together we will continue to make a difference in making our Community a safer place to live, visit and work in.
Our many Thanks to everyone involved with this program !!