Target, Bethel Police Department, Bethel Police SWAT, Bethel Police K-9, Bethel Volunteer Fire Department, Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company, Bethel CERT, and Bethel Beyond Urgent Care all came out to participate in the Bethel Police-Community Partnerships 2016 ‘Target National Night Out’ on August 2, 2016.
Report by Paula Antolini
August 6, 2016 11:11AM EDT
Photo above: Children get a tour of the Bethel Volunteer Fire Department Tower 1 Fire Truck. Click on all photos to view larger.
50+ PHOTOS: Bethel Police-Community Partnerships 2016 ‘Target National Night Out’ Brought the Community Together For a Fun Night
What a great night for the community! Target, Bethel Police Department, Bethel Police SWAT, Bethel Police K-9, Bethel Volunteer Fire Department, Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company, Bethel CERT, and Bethel Beyond Urgent Care all came out to participate in the Bethel Police-Community Partnerships 2016 ‘Target National Night Out’ on August 2, 2016.
Bethel Police K-9 team Officer Adam Cleary and his dog Bishop demonstrated how to take down a suspect and many other commands.
Photo above and below: Bethel Police K-9 team Officer Adam Cleary and his dog Bishop talk to attendees of the Target National Night Out event.
Bethel Police SWAT was there with a display of the equipment they use, and one item was the vest they wear, which alone, before it is loaded with other equipment, is quite heavy. Imagine pursuing a criminal with all that weight.
Bethel Police also offered a car seat clinic to check that baby/child car seats were installed correctly.
The Bethel Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Rescue provided a rescue demonstration on how to extricate victims from a car that’s been in an accident, by cutting away parts of the car with high powered equipment. We also viewed life saving equipment for CPR, which is now all automated, and the equipment shown costs $14,000, a first responder from SHFD stated. Chief Tom Galliford was on hand too, to answer any questions. They also had a great set up of EMS and firefighter images on boards in which children could pose behind them with faces in the openings.
Photo above: Stony Hill Fire Company volunteers, Fire Chief Tom Galliford second from left.
The Bethel Volunteer Fire Department had their ladder truck there and Chief Scott Murphy gave Bethel Advocate a great view of Bethel, in a ride up in the ladder bucket, thank you Chief! We felt safe accompanied by Police Lieutenant Michael Libertini and Firefighter Lieutenant Chris Morris. Bethel Volunteer Fire department also had a display of rescue equipment.
Photo above: Bethel Advocate was up in the ladder bucket of Tower 1 Fire Truck from the Bethel Volunteer Fire Department, with Police Lieutenant Michael Libertini (left) and Firefighter Lieutenant Chris Morris, hundreds of feet in the air, going to great heights to keep us safe!
Photo above: Great view from the top of the ladder in the Bethel Volunteer Fire Department Tower 1 truck, looking south from Target.
Photo above: Bethel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott Murphy and another family firefighter member keeping the tradition.
Photo above: Bethel Volunteer Fire Department volunteers.
The Bethel Community Emergency Response Team, (CERT), an all-volunteer first repsonders group lead by Teresa Fogel, provided a wealth of information about the services the group offers during emergencies, and where residents can seek shelter. Volunteers are always needed, contact them for more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Target provided free food and beverages to attendees and also had a raffle for great prizes. They also offered face painting and faux tattoos which children loved, and adults too!
Photos above and below: Target employees.
Bethel Beyond Urgent Care was also on hand to offer information about their services.
UPDATE to the “found dog” story: We have a “Happy Tails” ending! A few weeks ago Bethel Police Officer Robinson found a Pit-Bull-mix dog and police were searching for the owner. At the Target event we learned that Bethel Police Lieutenant Michael Libertini and family adopted the dog. They appropriately named her Blue. See photo below of Blue smiling! Welcome to Bethel Blue!
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