Whitman officials and first responders from many agencies merged together to create a family event Tuesday at the Memorial Field in Whitman. A tradition, which had been hosted at the Brockton Rox Game, was hopefully re-fueled by the excitement of the evening. Whitman held their first annual Night out against Crime and perhaps will carry on the torch.
The event was well attended as children and families used multiple bounce houses and inflatables from Busy Bee jumpers, they interacted with the State police helicopter following a landing nearby. They had ice cream delivered by Little Duke ice cream truck of Pembroke; a dream come true on a hot summer evening.
Volunteer face painters were all from the community of local youths who had some creative characters, which they were highlighting on the faces of little ones at the event.
Whitman police, fire, ADT home security, Plymouth County Sheriffs, Busy Bee Jumpers, Regal Marketplace and The Knights of Columbus donated ice it was many agencies coming together. All services were donated to the family event.
Chief Scott Benton thanked the generous donations by many who gave to the event, which was free to all.
“It was community creating a common cause for the kids,” said Benton, who was pleased at the turnout.
The Whitman Police Association wanted to do something for the community as a way of interacting and thanking them for their support, said School Resource Officer Kevin Harrington who was among the dozens of local officers who mingled with those in the crowd.
Families were able to enjoy themselves on a warm summer night, and also talk with first responders of police and fire. Many had their entire families with them whom also were volunteering manning the grills andwelcoming all.
The Regal Marketplace donated grill items such as hot dogs and hamburgers, cheese and all the fixings with deli salads, cold beverages and pastries for dessert.