National Night Out held last week

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Tribune News Staff

Area police departments had the chance to meet with residents, as they participated in the 2004 National Night Out last Tuesday night.

Both the Marked Tree and Tyronza Police Departments had activities for residents who attended the event, which was celebrated last week in cities throughout the United States to foster better police-community relations.

In Marked Tree, Marked Tree mayor Lawrence Ashlock read a proclamation, declaring Aug. 3 as "National Night Out" day in the city of Marked Tree. In addition, prizes were given away to residents, children had the chance to dunk members of the Marked Tree Police Department in a dunk tank, parents could get fingerprints of their children and the Marked Tree Fire Department had its fire room to show the dangers of fire.

In Tyronza, over 100 residents had the chance to meet with officers of the Tyronza Police Department, Tyronza Fire Department and members of the Poinsett County CERT program. The event at Tyronza had many of the same things that the event in Marked Tree had, with Poinsett County DARE Deputy Wayne Frazier, Poinsett County Tax Assessor Johnny Rye, Jr. and Dep. Freddie Friar of the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department appearing at the event.

Tyronza Police Chief Curtis Swan told the Tri-City Tribune that the event had "a good turnout and gave a chance to get information out there." Chief Swan also noted that the event gave residents a chance to meet members of the Tyronza Police Department, Tyronza Fire Department and First Responders on a casual setting. Tyronza Fire Chief Tony Turner told the Tri-City Tribune that the event "had a decent crowd and we appreciate the ones who came out tonight."

Marked Tree National Night Out coordinator Sgt. Jeremy Bond told the Tri-City Tribune that the kids who attended the event had a "blast and had fun." Sgt. Bond also noted that the event helped to raise food for the Marked Tree Food Bank from residents who participated in the dunk tank.

Over 150 people attended the Marked Tree event. Sgt. Bond told the Tri-City Tribune that plans are already being made for next year's event.

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