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Murrysville police will host first National Night Out next month |

Murrysville police will host first National Night Out next month

| Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:27 p.m

Murrysville police Officer Ryan Auvil doesn’t think that residents’ first contact with his department should be during a traffic stop.

“We’re starting this so that our community, our residents, families and children just don’t see us out on Route 22,” Auvil said of the decision to host the department’s first National Night Out on Aug. 7.

National Night Out, now in its 35th year, is essentially an emergency-services open house.

“We want them to be able to see the equipment we have, talk about what we do, and get to know the members of the department,” Auvil said.

The event, which will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 7 at the Murrysville Public Works property off Sardis Road, will bring together the police, all three municipal fire companies, Murrysville Medic One officials, Allegheny Township Police who will set up a DUI program with “Fatal Vision” goggles that emulate impaired vision, and a Stat Medevac helicopter that will land at the neighboring soccer field at 7 p.m.

The evening will also include raffle baskets with gift cards, free face painting, a children’s fire hose that will give kids a chance to use the hose and “put out” fake fires, and several food trucks.

Parking will be available behind Veterans Field, off Sardis Road.

Auvil emphasized that in addition to residents meeting police, residents will also have a chance to meet one another.

“Neighbors get to meet neighbors, and if a crime is committed, they have a chain of communication that can eventually reach us,” he said.

Council President Josh Lorenz encouraged municipal residents to attend.

“Come out and see the men and women who do so much for us every day,” Lorenz said.

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