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More to like at Muskego's National Night Out

Demonstrations, safety tips highlight community gathering

July 28, 2012

Muskego - If you liked Muskego's National Night Out before, you'll like it again.

All the favorites will be back from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 at Veterans Park across from the City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave., said Steve Ziegler, co-chairman of the event hosted by the Muskego Police Department.

The big favorite every year is the helicopter landing, he said. One year a Blackhawk war machine touched down to thrill the crowd. Two other years it was the Flight for Life helicopter that whirled its way into the celebration.

Flight for Life plans to be back this year, unless it gets called away to an emergency which actually happened one year, Ziegler said.

But when things are going fine Ziegler said, "It lands usually about 8 p.m. so then the children can go right from there to the glow stick walk."

That walk is a sight to see, he said, with the sticks shining a greenish light into the dusky evening as the walk takes off around the park and police station.

The rest of the celebration of safety in the night features displays of fire engines and police vehicles with staff right there to answer questions. The fire fighters demonstrate fire extinguishers and let some visitors see what it's like to pull the trigger on one, Ziegler said.

Those who have never seen a car ripped open should get a good seat for the Jaws of Life demonstration, he said.

Those offering displays include a police dog unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and McGruff the crime fighting dog. There will be air bag demonstrations and helmet and bicycle giveaways from the Lions Club.

Entertainment includes music by The Gleasons, a popular Irish band that always draws a big crowd, Ziegler said. And kids can jump around in a bounce house from KC's Inflatables.

Food and beverages will be sold on the grounds.

National Night Out is also a chance to donate old cellphones and eye glasses.

"We believe National Night Out helps make our homes, families and community safer. Plus, it's nice to have an event that brings our community together," Ziegler said.

- Jane Ford-Stewart

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