The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

National Night Out draws local interest


August 9, 2018

Diana Zimmerman

National Night Out is celebrated in communities all around the country. It's an opportunity for communities to interact with law enforcement and emergency services, and to get to know each other. This year, it was hosted locally by the Puget Island Fire Department.

Wahkiakum County residents turned out for National Night Out at the Puget Island Fire Station on Tuesday evening. It was an opportunity to get a closer look at the fire engines, interact with local law enforcement, fire department volunteers, enjoy some root beer floats and get to know neighbors.

Diana Zimmerman

Sheriff Mark Howie helped this fellow put on a device that allowed him to see live footage shot by a drone, flown by Beau Renfro nearby.

Kids played and adults chatted happily under the bright late afternoon sun. There wasn't much parking, but it was busy with people coming and going.

"National Night Out is a social event held every year on this night, all over the nation," Sheriff Mark Howie said. "It's an opportunity to talk about crime prevention, to meet your neighbors, in order to work in partnership for public safety."

The group stopped for a few moments to pose for a picture taken by a drone being controlled remotely by Department of Emergency Management Coordinator Beau Renfro.

"We're trying to create a community out here," Puget Island Fire Chief Mike Beutler said, "so we decided to host the event. It's a good excuse to get people here for people to know each other."


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