The Eagle Point Police Dept. hosted the National Night Out at Chamberlain Park on Tuesday, Aug 7th. National Night Out has been an annual event in cities around the country for over twenty-nine years. But, this is the first time it has come to Eagle Point, thanks primarily to Chief of Police, Vern Thompson.
Thompson explained that bringing National Night Out to this area was a major goal of his when he took the position, approximately two years ago.
“It hasn’t been done in Southern Oregon proper,” Thompson said, discussing the importance of the event. “We bring businesses, and our community, and our police together for public safety.”
Along with the Police Dept., Fire District 3, and the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and non-profits were also in attendance. The Jackson County Child Safety Seat Coalition gave booklets about the correct installation of child seats in cars, and how to fit a child for a bicycle helmet. Chase, Premier West Bank, and South Valley Bank & Trust all gave out pamphlets on I.D. theft and fraud prevention. A non-profit group of parents, Friends Don’t Let Friends Die, had information about the dangers of drug use, and what to do in the case of an overdose. Jackson County Emergency Management gave handouts on how to prepare for earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters.
All activities and products were donated by various sponsors, and were given away free. Target donated food and refreshments, including hot dogs, potato chips, bottled water and soda. The Butcher Shop provided a barbecue and cooking services.
Other sponsors were, Butte Creek Mill, Ray’s Food Place, Eagle Point Hardware, Valley Feed & Pet Supply, Walmart, Big R, Best Signs, Murphy’s Custom Canvas Inc., Pepsi Beverages, Coca-Cola Refreshments, and State Farm Insurance.
Police Chief Thompson held a drawing to give away two kid-sized bicycles, and a number gift cards. Thompson plans to make National Night Out a bigger event next year. So, keep the first tuesday of August marked on your calendar!
By Michael Stephens
Of the Independent