Isaac Nielsen, 7, thought it was pretty cool to sit on a California Highway Patrol 1,700 cc Harley Davidson motorcycle and Bishop Howard, 9, enjoyed sitting on a Madera County Sheriff’s Department Honda 650 ATV and meeting three members of the department’s Off Highway Vehicle Team - Paul Chetwood, Ian Roth and Scott Denton.
The two children, and many others, braved the hot weather Tuesday evening to attend the second annual National Night Out event in Oakhurst in the Old Mill shopping Center. Similar events were held all across America.
The event gives the public the chance to meet and learn more about the Mountain Area’s first responders in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Oakhurst CHP Public Information Officer Kaci Lutz coordinates the event and was pleased with the turn-out.
“We have more vendors and more people came out this year thanks to all the agencies that did a good job getting the word out about this wonderful event,” Lutz said. “It’s a great opportunity to meet the people who work day in and day out to keep the public safe and respond quickly when someone is in trouble. All the agencies and first responders are grateful to all the families that came out this evening to see them.”
“This is awesome that the kids can meet the men and women of the sheriff’s department, members of the California Highway Patrol, and fireman, and see fire engines, motorcycles and other equipment,” said Tess Wygant. “The event provided a real sense of community and I would like to thank all the first responders for being here tonight.”
In addition to the CHP, sheriff’s department and Cal Fire, others attending the event were Madera County Fire Department, Sierra Ambulance, California State Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, American Red Cross, Central California Animal Disaster Team, the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Yosemite / Madera County.
Music was provided by Gregor Ross and food and beverage was provided by Round Table Pizza, Supernaw’s Bar-B-Q, South Gate Brewery, and Stevens Italian Ice.