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Breckenridge community celebrates eighth annual National Night Out

Breckenridge community celebrates eighth annual National Night Out
October 03
06:53 2019

Breckenridge and Stephens County residents got a first-hand look at agencies that provide emergency operations for the area during the eighth annual National Night Out at the Stephens County Law Enforcement Center on Tuesday evening, Oct. 1.

Stephens County Sheriff Will Holt discusses K-9 Deputy Uri with visitors during National Night Out at the Stephens County Law Enforcement Center Tuesday evening. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

The local event, which is sponsored by the City of Breckenridge and the Breckenridge Police Department, is part of the National Night Out. It’s designed to strengthen community spirit and partnerships with law enforcement and first responders, generate support for community organizations and programs, raise crime prevention awareness, and send a strong message that everyone in the community is working together to fight back against crime.

Many other states celebrate NNO in August, but Texas celebrates in October to try and avoid the summer heat.

The Breckenridge PD, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and Breckenridge Fire Department provided free food, drinks, activities and prizes, as well as child ID/fingerprinting and free bicycle helmets.

There were also several police and emergency vehicle demonstrations where visitors had a chance to get inside the vehicles and learn about their operations, including blasting the sirens. AIR EVAC Lifeteam landed an air ambulance across the street from the LEC and let visitors sit in the helicopter while the crew explained its operation.

KLXK/KROO radio stations provided classic country music for the event.

In addition to the Breckenridge Police Department, Breckenridge Fire Department and Stephens County Sheriff’s Department, other participants included the 9-1-1 Call Center, Breckenridge Fire Department and Code Enforcement, AIR EVAC Lifeteam, Texas Department of Public Safety, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Stephens Memorial Hospital District, Sacred Cross EMS, Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, Stephens County Animal Welfare Center, Dr. Goodall’s House-CAC/CASA, Stephens County adult and juvenile probation office, city/county/district court officers, Stephens County Texas Crime Stoppers, MHMR/Betty Hardwick Center, Central West Texas COG, Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, Texas State Technical College and other local civic and business organizations.

Click here to see the Breckenridge Texan photo gallery with more pictures from the event.

A young boy covers his ears while another child blasts the siren on a Breckenridge Police vehicle during National Night Out at the Stephens County Law Enforcement Center. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Breckenridge Police Captain Jay Walker provided ID/fingerprinting for children during National Night Out on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Stephens County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Drake shows kids how the equipment in a Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle operates during the National Night Out event held at the Stephens County Law Enforcement on Tuesday. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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