National Night Out events were held in communities all over Pierce County Tuesday night but nobody does it bigger than Fircrest. In fact, it’s been recognized as one of the best in the country.
It was a packed crowd of families and numerous law enforcement agencies for the 19th annual NNO in Fircrest Park. Attendees included Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste and his family along with Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor and members of his department.
“This is all about interacting with the community and enjoying a great time with our neighbors and all of our law enforcement partners,” said Fircrest Police Chief John Cheesman.
There was a moment of silence for Lakewood Police Officer Aaron Grant and pro golfer Ken Still, who both passed away this year. Still’s widow, Linda, sang the national anthem. National Night Out volunteers released white doves in their memory. 94.5 ROXY Radio Host Ron Harris kept everyone informed and entertained as he worked the crowd. The Buffalo Soldiers provided horse rides for the first time this year and the Airlift Northwest Helicopter thrilled everyone as it came in for a landing nearby. Volunteers from Tacoma Narrows Rotary gave of their time to make the night a success, and volunteers from Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County gave away hot wheels to the kids, Kidco Productions had a booth to talk to families about bully prevention and officers competed in a hilarious water balloon toss with the kids. Free ice cream and a spectacular fireworks show wrapped up the evening.
Many thanks go to Channel 13, Washington’s Most Wanted, Fircrest Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Fire Marshall’s Office, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State Labor and Industries, Crime Stoppers, Pierce County Health Department, Blue Light Coalition, Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, Cascade Regional Blood Bank, Pierce County DUI and Traffic Safety Task Force, M.A.D.D., Washington State Patrol – Bomb Squad, Washington State Boating Safety, Washington Fish and Game, Fircrest Public Utilities, Pierce County Chaplaincy, Crystal Judson Foundation, Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers, Rural Metro Ambulance, Tacoma Fire Department, Fircrest Kiwanis, 9-1-1 Simulator, South Sound 911, DUI Displays, ADT, Target Personnel, Tacoma Narrows Rotary, Kiwanis, Hope Sparks and Adorned in Grace.