National Night Out: Prevent Crime, Spreading Joy

By Erika Mahoney

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 8, 2012 at 10:29 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) National Night Out brought communities all across the country together with the men and women who keep them safe, and that included several such events right here in the Twin Tiers.

The goal is to promote neighborhood spirit and community safety.

People of all ages came out Tuesday night in Binghamton, Vestal and Endicott, to have fun, and learn along the way.

"The community has a chance to come out and see first responders, police officers, fire department personnel, emergency services people, and their equipment first hand," said Sergeant Christopher Streno of the Vestal Police Department. "They also get to learn that they are approachable... we are approachable people."

Onnika Prisiupsky, 9, said she had a blast, "Having no drugs in your body. It's really all about that," said Onnika. "And I really, really like being here and supporting that."

Kids could learn how to put out their own fake fire, and some even got to play with the Endicott Police Department dog.