Night Out brings community together

The Newport Police Department was just one law enforcement agency to make an appearance at the National Night Out event in Newport Tuesday night. (Photo by Madeline Shannon)

NEWPORT — National Night Out 2019 drew hundreds of people from all over Newport to mix and mingle with local law enforcement agencies, businesses and organizations and their neighbors in a fun, family-friendly event at the National Guard Armory in Newport. 

Newport wasn’t the only city on this stretch of the coast to host a National Night Out event on Tuesday. Toledo and Lincoln City also hosted friends and neighbors from the east and north part of the county, bringing together members of the community from all walks of life. In Newport, Thompson’s Sanitary Service, the Newport Police Department, the Newport Fire Department and a variety of other agencies and companies showed up to meet and greet friends and family. 

“I think it’s a great event and it’s great to see the community and everybody get together,” said Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy. “We have some of our fire trucks here so people can see, and we have a booth inside with emergency preparedness for the city. It’s all about how to prepare for emergencies and disasters.”

Inside the armory, groups from all over the city set up booths to connect with event-goers. Organizations like 4-H, InFaith, the Newport Police Department and even the National Guard Armory itself set up tables to dispense everything from information about emergency services to school supplies. 

“I want local citizens to know how much we’re entwined in the community,” said Sgt. Luke Bobeda at the National Guard Armory. “I want them to know the armory is a local citizens' service here.”

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