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NIGHT OUTA large crowd turned out for the National Night Out event on Stephenson Island in Marinette on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Members from the areas law enformcement, fire and EMS organizations explained what they do to the crowd. Assistant Chief Rich Seils and firefighter Ryan Kass of the Town of Peshtigo Fire Dept. explain the dump and pump technique used by rural fire departments.
Marinette Again Has National Night Out
Once again Marinette residents were treated to various events and given a better understanding of the duties and accomplishments of law enforcement and emergency units in the fight against crime.
The event was held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Stephenson Island and well attended as residents mingled with Police Officers and learned about such things as sexual assault and suicide prevention while enjoying childrens games, trampolines, free ice cream, prizes and venders.
One drawing interest was the use of a taser. A Peshtigo man, Cory Sotka volunteered to be tased. The demonstration showed how the use of a taser can stop a criminal in their tracks without shots having to be fired. It can also be used in other confrontations for peaceful endings.
The K-9 Unit is another valuable item where a well trained dog trails, overtakes and holds a criminal for his handler. The unit is also used to help locate lost persons and recently helped find two children lost in the woods in the Town of Pembine.
There were also various displays including helicopters from Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich. Spectators toured law enforcement, fire and emergency vehicles.
Outside lights at many homes were turned on as a sign that while unable to attend the event in person, they supported law enforcement.
Marinette has participated annually in the National Night Event until last year when it could not be held because key personnel were not available.
National Night Out is coordinated by the National Association of Town Watch. Started in 1984 it helps to promote citizen involvement in crime prevention, police community partnerships, police and community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.