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October 1, 2013

'Safety Night Out' set for Wednesday

Local emergency agencies are teaming up with utility providers to host the second Safety Night Out, set for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Eastside Park.

The event will bring together agencies like the Washington Police Department, the Daviess County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, state Conservation Officers, the Indiana National Guard, and Southwest Medical ambulance.

The idea for the event, according to Washington Police Chief Mike Healy, is to keep a positive presence in the community. Officers and their families will be there to meet with the public. The event was held two years ago and was a success.

"We just want to let people and kids to see we are people too," Healy said. "People just don't get to see that every day.

"(Wednesday's event) is an opportunity to see that."

The event will include demonstrations by the city's K-9 officers and the Emergency Response Team. The sheriff's department dive team will hold a demonstration at Baumert Lake. Also, children can bring their bicycles for registration and to take part in a kid's obstacle course.

Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit said he and the deputies love to be a part and have as much fun as the people attending do.

"We think Safety Night Out is an awesome time for everyone," Harbstreit said. "We get to spend time showing what we do and people get a chance to talk with us."

Washington's fire department will bring its Kids Combat Challenge to the park. Fire Chief David Rhoads said the course is a kid-friendly obstacle course that lets them experience what firefighters do, including rescue.

Also participating will be representatives from Washington Municipal Utilities and Daviess-Martin REMC with electrical safety demonstrations.

Some of the demonstrations will include electrical safety by showing what happens when a person gets too close to power lines, safely of course. The city will also have a bucket truck and a line truck for those to see up close.

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