By JUDY SHERIDAN
Tuesday night Bearcat Stadium was the site of National Night Out, a free annual event sponsored by Aledo ISD police and its community partners. The event’s purpose is to build relationships between neighborhoods and local law enforcement, raise awareness for crime prevention and increase participation in anti-crime programs.
Members of the Aledo Fire Department, Parker County Sheriff’s Office, LifeCare, Texas Department of Public Safety, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Willow Park Police Department also participated, AISD Police Chief Chawn Gilliland said, along with the Aledo Lions Club, a Weatherford karate school and others.
Upward of 500 people, many crossing through while participating or attending school activities, were fed at the event, Gilliland said, which also included the police department’s fourth annual classic car show.
“It was another successful National Night Out,” he said. “I’d like to thank our sponsors and volunteers, the Orange Crush Drill Team and former officer Shelly Huffman.”
Gilliland said Sonic in Willow Park amd Sonic in Aledo provided attendees with free hot dogs — cooked by First Financial Bank — and a donation from Brookshire’s covered everything else.