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Unifying a community

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Law enforcement, firefighters, park rangers and EMS from Westmoreland County joined the nation in celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1.

A crowd of more than 800 gathered for fun and food to celebrate community coming together with law enforcement and first responders at Stan’s Skateland in Montross. “I’m just so glad that people could come out,” said Sheriff C. O. Balderson, “That’s what it’s all about, the community, law enforcement and EMS, everybody coming together. It really means a lot. You can see that we have a fantastic crowd and a great event.”

Children and adults enjoyed pony rides, dunking officers, free skating, hot dogs and other games and activities.

The crowd enjoyed the music of local band Hard to Tell while law enforcement and first responders mingled with citizens to get to know each other better.

“It’s such a great opportunity for the community to engage with law enforcement but also all of our volunteer firemen, conservation police officers and marine police officers, everybody gets to know each other on a fun basis,” said Virginia Delegate Margaret Ransone.

“I love events like this because it gives the community a chance to come out, get to know law enforcement and realize they are just real people, too,” said Commonwealth Attorney Julia Sichol.

Read more of this story in the August 9 issue of the Westmoreland News.