Next Tuesday a National Night Out celebration will take place at Dobson Square Park.
The event is meant to promote relationships between first responders and the community. The Night Out, which will be followed by free food and a movie in the park, begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The Dobson Police Department will be hosting the celebration, joined by the Dobson Fire Department, Dobson Rescue Squad and the Skull Camp Fire Department. The festivities will include hot dogs, chips and drinks.
Dobson Police Chief Shawn Meyers said that though the Dobson Police Department purchased the hot dogs for Tuesday’s National Night Out, JustSave in Dobson is donating much of the food for the event.
Children, which will enjoy a number of carnival-type games free of charge, are encouraged to wear their favorite super hero costume to the event.
Meyers said that this is the first National Night Out celebration that his community has held in quite some time. According to Meyers the town quit holding the event about a decade years ago, when Pilot Mountain began holding a National Night Out celebration.
Meyers said that though Pilot Mountain is also holding its annual event, a number of organizations approached the town in reference to holding a National Night Out that would be closer for individuals and organizations in the western part of the county.
The event, according to Meyers, will feature a mock scene of a car crash at the Crutchfield Road and Folger Road intersection near the park. In a demonstration, the Dobson Fire Department and Dobson Rescue Squad will use the “jaws of life” to free a victim from the vehicle and cut the top off the car.
According to Meyers the demonstration should be “pretty interesting” for onlookers. “Most people have heard of the it (jaws of life), but have never seen it at work,” commented Meyers.
“Most people call emergency personnel in the worst of times,” said Meyers. The chief added that events such as Tuesday’s help show the community that police officers and other emergency personnel are “approachable and there to help.”
Meyers said that he looks forward to the chance for his officers and other emergency response personnel to interact with the community. However, the chief also said he hopes to spur involvement in neighborhood watch programs in Dobson.
According to Meyers there are neighborhood watches in a number of Dobson’s apartment buildings and a few developments. However, the chief is hoping to expand community involvement and the role of these groups in Dobson.
Following the National Night Out festivities, the town will be showing The Incredibles at the park’s amphitheatre. Like the event, the movie is free of charge. The movie will begin at 9 p.m.
Andy Winemiller is a staff writer at the Mount Airy News. Andy can be reached at (336) 415-4698 or [email protected]