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Grovetown's National Night Out on Tuesday

Posted: August 5, 2012 - 12:03am
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FILE Darius Smith, then 3, flanked by his parents Stephen and Haily Smith, of Grovetown, shakes hands Sparky the Fire Dog at Grovetown's National Night Out event in 2010.   VR
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FILE Darius Smith, then 3, flanked by his parents Stephen and Haily Smith, of Grovetown, shakes hands Sparky the Fire Dog at Grovetown's National Night Out event in 2010.

Grovetown residents can celebrate the first day of school and get to know their law enforcement officers and firefighters at the city’s annual National Night Out on Tuesday.

Personnel from the Grovetown Department of Public Safety will hold the free cookout from 6 to 9 p.m. at the headquarters station at 306 E. Robinson Ave.

“We’re getting to meet the community and letting them know that we are there for them,” said Lt. Donovan Jones, the event organizer.

Residents can check out the police and fire station and meet public safety officers. Fire trucks will be open for children to explore.

A bounce house will also be available as well as free hamburgers, hotdogs and snow cones.

Those who attend can get information on how they can better protect themselves and their communities.

The national event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is aimed at crime awareness and prevention through information, networking and promoting neighborhood spirit and community-police partnerships.

Jones is encouraging residents to turn on their porch lights in honor of the event and bring their families to the station.

Jones said the event will feature information Project Safe House, neighborhood watch programs and other anti-crime initiatives.

Other groups that will be at the event to share information include Fort Gordon’s bicycle patrol, Gold Cross Emergency Medical Service, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Forestry Commission, ADT, Jefferson Electric and Frank Wilson Equipment Center.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office also will be taking children’s fingerprints as part of the Ident-A-Kid program.

“There’s a lot,” Jones said.

IF YOU GO

What: Grovetown Department of Public Safety’s National Night Out

When: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Headquarters station, 306 E. Robinson Ave.

Cost: Free

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