Third Daleville National Night Out huge success

By Michelle Mann (mmann@southeastsun.com)

Third Daleville National Night Out huge success
Members of the state forestry department, Level Plains Fire Department, Ozark Police Department, Houston County Rescue, Child Advocacy Center, Angel House, Dale County Sheriff’s Department and their Air Detachment, the Dale County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Posse, Fort Rucker Military Police, SWAT, Houston County Sheriff’s Department, Daleville Ambulance and Fire Department and the Dothan Police Bomb Squad were among the agencies represented.Soldiers from the 1-223rd Aviation Regiment, Daleville’s sister unit, manned the dunking booth and inflatable wet slides for children. Volunteers also manned free water and Popsicle booths scattered through Culpepper Park. “We couldn’t do this without all the volunteers,” said Kat Eubank, assistant to Wigglesworth and the coordinator for the volunteers on site. “This is the most volunteers we’ve ever had and we are so appreciative of them giving their time.”National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances, Wigglesworth explained.Kirk Adams, district attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit, comprised of Dale and Geneva Counties, called the event a “great means of outreach” to heighten public awareness of the services provided by the multiple county, regional and state agencies that were present. Child Advocacy Center spokesperson Sherri Davis said this is the third year the CAC, which serves Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston Counties, has participated in the Daleville event. “It’s overwhelming to see this community come together tonight to support this.”Scott Turvey, a volunteer with the Dale County Sheriff’s Department Posse, said that there are about 40 volunteers in the 10-month-old rescue unit. “I guess you could say we’re still in our infancy but we wanted to be here to introduce our community service.” The Houston County Rescue Unit, based in Webb, is a non-profit, all volunteer search and rescue team, according to spokesman Tim Jordan.  “We charge nothing for our service,” he said. “We have certified divers on our team and do searches within a 100 mile radius of Dothan.” Daleville Police Chief Harvey Mathis said the purpose of the annual community-building event is to promote police-community partnerships. “In light of recent negative national media reports, this event becomes even more important because it gives people a chance to get to know us when they are not in a crisis situation,” he said.Sherill Roberts, director of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, said he was impressed by the “great turnout,” at the Daleville event. “This is a great way to get the community involved with law enforcement and that’s what we really need to do to help reduce crime.” 
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