Despite temperatures soaring over 100 degrees, Orland residents turned out in droves to celebrate National Night Out with local law enforcement. National Night Out is a movement to encourage positive relations between communities and public safety personnel.
Orland police officers, firefighters and public safety volunteers all turned out for the fun in Library Park. But instead of running informational booths, most of these emergency personnel hosted fun activities and mingled with the crowd.
“It’s a stunning event,” said Tracey Quarne, superintendent of Glenn County Office of Education. “And the fact that people came out in this heat is a reflection of the wonderful people in the community.”
Last year, Orland police held a K-9 demonstration during the event, but this year officers and their furry partners decided to get more up close and personal. Officer Grant Carmon and his K-9, Ruger, greeted everyone in the park as they made their rounds; Ruger certainly didn’t mind all of the attention.
“He’s (Ruger) a crowd pleaser, that’s for sure,” said K-9 Officer Grant Carmon. “It’s just a great way for the community to interact with the police department; it brings everyone together for a common goal.”
Although there was a free jump house and games, kids seemed to enjoy squirting their friends with the fire department the most. Orland’s volunteer fire department brought two fire engines and let kids take turns using the hose; their friends found relief from the blistering heat while getting sprayed.
“We’re just letting the kids have fun,” said Gary Harris, an Orland firefighter. “We’re also mingling with people so they can see the fun side of the fire department. It’s a great thing to be part of, to give back to the community.”
Local organizations and services, like Ampla, 4-H and Glenn County Health and Human Services, tabled during the event. People were also treated to a musical performance by Black Out Betty – a Chico-based 1980s cover band.
“I think it’s really nice; it brings people together,” said Amanda Rice, an Orland resident.