National night out hits local communities
Union County, Ill. — Law enforcement, firefighters and volunteers hosted the third annual national night out in Union County, Illinois, Tuesday evening. It looked like a block party but it also provided kids an opportunity to learn about safety.
"We do finger printing. The sheriff's office has finger print kits for kids in case they get lost. We have that on file," says Alice Chief of Police Dale Foster.
Kids also gathered around a talking tire to hear school bus safety tips as the first day of school nears.
Foster said the event strengthens the relationship between law enforcement and neighbors but this year's focus is on the kids.
"We're all about helping the kids and doing things for the kids. We enjoy it. I enjoy it. I like to be involved with anything for the kids."
Donations from area businesses and plenty of volunteers made the entire event free for the community.
This is Union County's third annual national night out. They and Paducah are just two of more than 15,000 communities involved around the world.