National Night Out at Benedictine merges community fun, safety
Lisle, Illinois ~ Local, county and state fire and law enforcement agencies gathered at Benedictine University on Tuesday evening to celebrate “National Night Out” with games, fun and public safety information for the whole family.
More than 300 people attended the event, which featured a K-9 narcotics detection demonstration, DUI simulation, games for children, free raffles, food, giveaways, appearances by the Chicago Red Stars professional women’s soccer team and a live performance in tribute to fallen police officers and firefighters by the Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department. Children and adults also were able to inspect and pose for pictures inside police and fire vehicles.
National Night Out is an event held to promote crime prevention awareness, emergency preparedness, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Since 1984 when the event began, it has involved more than 38 million people in 16,000 communities from all 50 states.
“This successful event was made possible by the tremendous support and participation of area police and fire agencies, the Benedictine University community and most importantly, the large number of parents and children who were able to interact with their emergency service responders and be informed on the latest crime prevention and emergency preparedness initiatives available,” said Benedictine University Police Chief Mike Salatino.
Participants included members of the Village of Lisle Police Department, Woodridge Police Department, Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, Lewis University Police, Brookfield Zoo Police Department, DuPage County Sheriff, Illinois State Police, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police, Illinois Commerce Commission Police and Drug Enforcement Administration.
The evening concluded with a softball game in which the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District team took home bragging rights for a win against the Lisle and Benedictine University Police.
The event was sponsored by area businesses, the Lisle Park District, the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Red Stars, Chicago Sky, Costco, Target, Jewel, Moon Jump Inc., AdvoCare, Brookfield Zoo and US 99.5 (WUSN-99.5 FM).