National Night Out Brings Families, Police, Fire Depts. Together for Fun (Photos)

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"PULL!!" Team Hellertown Police Department won the friendly but hotly-contested police department tug of war contest.

“PULL!!” Team Hellertown Police Department won the friendly but hotly-contested police department tug of war contest.

The first-ever National Night Out celebration in Hellertown was held Tuesday evening in Dimmick Park and was a success, in spite of severe weather that rumbled through the area in the midst of it.

National Night Out brought families and local residents to the park for a fun night of interaction with both the borough and Lower Saucon Township police departments, local volunteer fire companies and the National Guard.

The entire event was free, thanks to support for it from local business sponsors.

There was food, games, face-painting, children’s fingerprinting, appearances by Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey the Bear, vehicles on display and even a tug of war competition.

Photos by Chris Christian

The two chiefs: Lower Saucon Township Police Chief Tom Barndt (left) and Hellertown Police Chief (Robert Shupp) share a laugh at National Night Out in Dimmick Park Tuesday.

Children were able to have their fingerprints taken using the latest technology at National Night Out.

Sparky the Fire Dog was available for pictures.

Local National Guard members were on hand at National Night Out to show some curious youngsters their equipment and how it works.

Sparky the Fire Dog, Smokey the Bear and staff from the Hellertown Pool got to meet one another at National Night Out.

Joe and Eleanor Delfoe of Hellertown

Whoever said dogs and bears can’t be friends obviously never met Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog.

Ty Johnson of Lower Saucon Fire Rescue

Ofc. Dominick Fragano of the Hellertown Police Department

Ofc. Sam Domenico of the Hellertown Police Department

The Lower Saucon Township Police Department tug of war team

At the center of the rope for the tug of war were Hellertown Police Sgt. Jeff Johnston (left) and Lower Saucon Township Police Det. Christopher Leidy (right).

Team Lower Saucon Police Department

Team Hellertown Police Department

Team Steel City Fire Department won their tug of war.

Team Lower Saucon Fire Rescue preparing to do tug-of-war battle against Team Steel City Fie Department

Hellertown Police Ofc. Dominick Fragano proudly holds up his team’s Tug of War trophy, which was earned by pulling stronger than Team Lower Saucon Police Department in the friendly competition that was held at National Night Out.

Due to the hot and muggy weather there was a long line for frozen treats at the ice cream truck.

“Water balloon fight!”

The Dimmick Park pavilion provided much-needed shelter for those attending National Night Out when a strong thunderstorm rolled through the area at about 6:30 p.m.

Hellertown police officers led by Chief Robert Shupp engage in a fun water balloon fight with the kids at National Night Out.

Face-painting was a draw for many of the kids at National Night Out in Hellertown.

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