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City-wide National Night Out set for Aug. 6

FIREMAN FOR A DAY: One child gets to try on a fireman’s hat for size as he sits in the drivers’ seat of a Marion Fire Department fire engine at last year’s National Night Out picnic inBarnes Park, hosted by the Garfield Neighborhood Association.

BY Scott Fleener - ctreport@indy.rr.com

Marion residents will get a chance to spend time to get to know their first responders later this summer.

On Aug. 6 at the 5th Street Commons from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Marion Police Department, Marion Fire Department and city officials will be hosting a city-wide National Night Out. Food vendors will open at 5 p.m.

National Night Out is an annual event that happens across the country promoting community-police relationships.

The event will have live music, demonstrations and activities with first responders. All active neighborhood associations will be present and will be helping to promote neighborhood beautification. Prizes will also be given out to help promote neighborhood beautification. 

“Without trusting relationships between neighbors, first responders, and city officials, our neighborhoods suffer,” City of Marion Neighborhood Association Coordinator Kayla Johnson said in a statement. 

Mayor Jess Alumbaugh said he believes the way to improve the community is by building relationships with neighbors.

“It’s important because it helps build unity between the public and the police,” Capt. Stephen Dorsey of the Marion Police Department said. 

Last year the event was hosted by Marion’s Garfield Neighborhood Association. Residents were able to do things like explore a fire truck and a squad car, try out the lights and sirens and receive stickers and bracelets.

Businesses or organizations interested in donating or having a booth need to contact Johnson by July 19.