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Meeting the community’s protectors: National Night Out brings residents, law enforcement together

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CREEDMOOR Hundreds of area residents enjoyed Creedmoor’s National Night Out on Tuesday.

The free annual event coincided with thousands of participating communities nationwide and aimed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention by enhancing the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement. National Night Out events attempt to bring back a true sense of community and includes activities focused on youth interaction, safety education and community spirit.

Francis Kucheravy, a Creedmoor resident, was one of Tuesday night’s attendees.

“Just look around, where else are you going to see the police and people standing around talking?” he said. “It is a great place for kids to meet the people who are protecting them, whether it is police, fire or rescue. Given the events in recent days, this is a good event to show we are fighting back.”

Local agencies such as Families Living Violence Free, Be Smart, Crime Stoppers and Kid Safe set up booths to provide the community with information about programs that are available. The Granville County K-9 unit and Oxford K-9 unit performed a drug search demonstration.

Children split their time getting their faces painted, knocking down fires with the Creedmoor Fire Department and test driving the drunk driving obstacle course. They also played on an obstacle course slide sponsored by the National Guard while parents talked with local law enforcement agencies.

Hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn and sodas were free at the event. One of the highlights of Tuesday night’s festivities was the doughnut—eating contest. Quintin Barren and Elijah Sawyer won the contest by devouring eight doughnuts.

Next year’s National Night Out will be scheduled for the first Tuesday in August.