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Rain didn't dampen National Night Out

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 8/9/18

People braved the rain and ventured to Hoffer Park for National Night Out on August 7.

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Our community celebrated emergency heroes

Rain didn't dampen National Night Out

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People braved the rain and ventured to Hoffer Park for National Night Out on August 7. 

Though attendees donned ponchos and broke out the umbrellas during the first part of the event, the sky later cleared, and families walked through the park to meet their local police officers, firefighters and emergency service personnel. 

“It’s a fun family activity, and you get to interact with the community,” Eric Cleland, one of the attendees, said.

The event was organized by a joint committee that included residents from both Middletown and Lower Swatara. 

Throughout the night, attendees tried their hand at throwing balls at the dunk tank or frosting cookies. Kids took rides on horses and learned about fingerprinting from police officers, who also provided child identification kits to parents. 

Numerous first responders were there, including Middletown, Lower Swatara and Penn State Harrisburg police departments; Middletown, Lower Swatara and Londonderry fire departments; South Central Emergency Medical Services and Penn State Hershey EMS; and the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Also present were local churches, banks, businesses, politicians, athletic associations, nonprofit organizations and realtors.