‘Awesome time’ at National Night Out

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 August 2017 at 8:19 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Aaron Sugar, 10, of Albion rides a bike in the bicycle rodeo at National Night Out. Albion police officer Will Francis helped run the activity at Bullard Park.

There were numerous activities run by law enforcement, fire departments and other local agencies that promoted safety.

Organizers estimate 700 or 800 people attended the event. There was some threatening thunder and rain, but it passed at about 6:15 p.m. The ominous sky did chase away some of the crowd, but organizers were pleased so many people stayed for most of the event, which started at 5:30 and ended at 8.

“Everyone had an awesome time,” said Roland Nenni. “The whole idea was to bring families out in a setting without alcohol.”

Melanie Monnier, 9, of Albion and her cousin Braelynn Monnier, 2, of Albion head down the slide at the bounce house brought in by the Orleans County YMCA.

Diana Fulcomer, a prevention educator with GCASA, speaks with Kim Dixon of Brockport and her son and two nephews.

The Light of Victory Church in Albion served up hundreds of hot dogs that were free, along with potato chips and bottles of water. The grill crew includes, from left: Doug Laubacker, Nick Mardino and Craig Ernewein.

Firefighters from Albion and Carlton did an extrication demonstration using new Hurst tools.

A Hurst cutter and spreader allowed the firefighters to take off pieces of the car to get access to a person inside.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Papponetti: Five teams competed in the Battle of the Belts and this group of firefighters won the title. They include Matt Hughson of Carlton, Jerry Bentley of Barre, Chris Standish of Carlton and Jeremy Bow of Carlton. The competition test the ability to secure seat belts while rotating seats in a car.

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