National Night Out events join police and public

MILFORD — National Night Out events went off without a hitch Tuesday night, celebrating a decades-long community centered tradition.

“It’s one of the things we do for the community. We walk around and engage with them,” Milford’s Chief of Police Kenneth Brown said during their event. “It’s good interaction with the public. It’s good to be around.”

Milford celebrated Night Out along with many communities as part of a national initiative, including Dagsboro, Wyoming, Lewes and Dover, among others in the state.
The national initiative is designed to promote positive interaction between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Members of Milford’s Police Department wandered around Bicentennial Park alongside community members and helped to serve hundreds of chicken dinner after it was cooked by the Greenwood Fire Department.

The chicken was donated by Mountaire Farms. Grotto Pizza and Vanderwende’s also donated food to the masses to help create the annual event.

Cora Bailey and her mom, Casey Bailey visit a fire truck at National Night Out.

They were joined by other first responders and community advocacy groups, hoping to raise awareness of safety concerns affecting all ages.
“We’re here to talk about bicycle safety,” Jenn Rowan, co-owner of Lifecycle in Milford, said before their event began.

Lifecycle set up a bicycle safety course for children to explore with professionals nearby to ensure they continued along the right path.
“This is such an important event. We knew we had to be here,” she added.
Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, volunteers from the Houston Fire Department and Carlisle Fire Department in Milford and first responders from the Sussex County Emergency Medical Services, along with other groups showed up to support the crowd.

Sara Garrison serenaded the crowd before Indian River took the stage in Milford as the crowd enjoyed their free meals and visited with the vendors on hand.

“It’s real nice that they do this. We’re going to have a lot of fun,” Ron Pecoraro said after visiting with the Chick-Fil-A cow and his handler, Charlie Gray, in Bicentennial Park.

“The actual goal of Night Out hasn’t changed at all as far as continuing to build strong relationships with the community and heighten their awareness of safety related topics and the services we offer,” Sgt. Robert Masten of the Milford Police Department said. “It all comes together to provide a lot of information to people, as well as have a good time.

Fortunately, [they] had the foresight to get it started and those of us who followed had a good foundation to build on.”

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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