National Night Out succeeds in Fort Dodge

Event brings together citizens, officers

The City Square in downtown Fort Dodge was fairly crowded Tuesday evening as hundreds of local residents got together with law enforcement officers.

The occasion was the local version of the National Night Out. It is an event intended to help law enforcement officers and the people they serve get to know each other. Fort Dodge police officers and Webster County sheriff’s deputies were on hand along with city firefighters and even park rangers.

Kids and their parents watched in awe as a police K9 showed how he would take down a bad guy. They got to see emergency vehicles up close. Youngsters learned some fire safety tips.

Fort Dodge Police Chief Roger Porter and Webster County Sheriff Luke Fleener called the event a success. They were pleased because they weren’t sure they would be able to have the National Night Out gathering this year.

Last year’s edition of the event was among the many, many things canceled due to COVID-19. And while the pandemic situation is generally much better this year, there was still some uncertainty about holding the event.

Organizers decided to proceed. Porter told The Messenger that they ”kind of threw it together last minute.”

Few people who were there probably guessed that the local National Night Out was thrown together at the last minute. They were too busy learning, meeting local officers and deputies, and generally having a good time.

That is a tribute to the officers, deputies and everyone else who was involved in setting up Tuesday’s event. Their hard work made it all possible.

We thank them, and look forward to seeing what they come up with for next year.


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