National Night Out planned for Aug. 1 in Medina outside Wise Intermediate School

Photo by Tom Rivers: Jonah Fisher, 5, of Albion high-fives Sparky the Fire Dog during National Night Out last year on Aug. 2 in Medina. Jonah’s dad, Medina firefighter Adam Fisher, wore the costume of the friendly dalmatian. Jack Smith of Medina is next to Jonah, ready to greet Sparky. About 700 people attended the National Night Out last year in the return of the event after it was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19 concerns.

Posted 15 May 2023 at 4:42 pm

Press Release, Medina Police Department

MEDINA – The Medina Police Department, with the assistance of the Medina Police Advisory Committee, are co-organizing this year’s Orleans County National Night Out.

We are proud to give an update on this year’s event that will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 1,  from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Medina Clifford Wise Intermediate School, 1016 Gwinn St.

National Night Out started in the 1980s as a way to bring law enforcement and citizens together nationwide on the same night each year. We have expanded on that principle and put together an event that focuses on bringing many agencies and organizations together for the annual National Night Out date each year.

This year NNO is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Participants in this event will include law enforcement from throughout the county, fire agencies, EMS responders, civic organizations and other groups that will be providing activities and giveaways. Some of the big hits from past events have been the “Battle of the Belts”, K-9 demonstrations, and the bike rodeo.

Our mission is simple. We want an event where families can come for a night and be entertained at no cost, eating and having fun in an environment that is free of violence, alcohol, tobacco and drugs. We hope citizens can meet members of our local organizations and get to know the services they provide to our community.

We are currently in the process of reaching out to many local organizations to coordinate participation. In the past it is the efforts, participation, and donations of these local organizations and businesses that make National Night Out possible. These sponsoring organizations will be highlighted throughout our event.

Registration and donation information is being distributed through mail, email, and social media. For more information you may contact either Heather Jackson at or Lt. Todd Draper at

We will also be providing regular updates through our Facebook pages at National Night Out – Orleans, and Medina Police Department.