As we close out our 22nd year of National Night Out and begin to prepare for the 23rd edition I want to take a few minutes to reflect on this years program. We had one of the largest turnouts for this years event with about 300-400 people attending throughout the evening. One of the most promising aspects of this year was that we saw a lot of families at the event as well as a mix of citizens of all ages, that is very encouraging and exactly what we want to see. The positive interaction with citizens, families and children teach the value of trusting in the Police and Fire Department and that we are here to keep the community safe and the best way to do that is to have community support starting with the children all the way to our senior citizens. A strong partnership within the community is our strongest weapon in keeping the community safe. It only takes a few minutes of time to get out and get involved and make a difference in the community. Without the help of the community we would not have the success that we do in public safety. I want to commend every citizen that gets involved in crime prevention and especially our Night Out Coordinators Arlene Langendorfer, Donna Howlett, Ruby Green, Lorie Michalak Herman, Chris Sell and Martha DeJesus. Many of these coordinators have been a mainstay of this program for more than 15 years and one has not missed a year since the very first Night Out 22 years ago. Their dedication is amazing and we could not do this program without them. I want to also commend all of our Police Officers who have given their time to this program every year for the last 22 years and the Dunkirk Fire Department for their many years of participation as well.
The Dunkirk Police Department and Night Out Committee would like to thank all of our business sponsors for their support and dedication over the years, without them we would not enjoy the success we have. Our many thanks to Blasdell Pizza – Mark Dulak, Tops Markets – Jay Knavel, WalMart – Brad Balentine, Southpaw Signs – Cody Britton, P&G Foods – Gary & Patty Damico, Paper Factory – Bruce & Ann Mulkin, Midtown Realty – Bonnie Saletta, McDonalds Restaurant, G&E Tents – Bob Bankowski & Bob Karin, Awesome Bouncers – Jason Genovese, Save a Lot – Kevin Connelly, Atlas Comfort Cabins- Roger Gloss, Music by Nick and Andy, and Tim Hortons – Dave & Gina Kron. A special thanks to WDOE/96KIX FM, The Observer, Mayor AJ Dolce and the Common Council, and our DPW, Parks and Recreation Departments for all their support over the years. We are truly lucky to have the entire community take part in this event. With the help of everyone working together we will continue to make a difference one neighborhood at a time.
Chief David Ortolano
City of Dunkirk Police Department