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Annual public safety community outreach event offered food, dunk tank, demonstrations

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Milo Foster, 6, throws a ball trying to dunk Scappoose Police Officer Matt Dorick in a dunk tank Tuesday evening, Aug. 1 during National Night Out.  Despite hot temperatures, more than 100 residents across Columbia County made their way to one of two National Night Out events, hosted by local public safety agencies.

The nationwide annual event aims to build camaraderie and partnerships between police agencies and the communities they serve.

In Scappoose, the Scappoose Police Department teamed up with Scappoose Fire District to offer a firetruck on display, face painting, music and a dunk-a-cop tank.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Eddie Eagle, a gun safety mascot, approaches children at Heritage Park in Scappoose during National Night Out.

Scappoose Police Officer Matt Dorick took the hot seat in the dunk tank, braving a tank full of water nearly every minute, as children lined up to throw a ball at a target.

In St. Helens, sheriff's deputies showed off the strength and smarts of Columbia County Sheriff K-9 deputy Lars, while grilling burgers and hot dogs and offering tours of the jail. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Off-duty Columbia County Corrections Deputy Lee Rigdon helps a child prepare a plate of food during a National Night Out event hosted by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office in St. Helens. The Sheriff's Office event offered free hot dogs and burgers, a demonstration show with a K-9 deputy, and a tour of the county jail.

Sheriff Jeff Dickerson estimated 100 people attended the four-hour event in St. Helens.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Eddy, 5, checks out a fire truck on display by Scappoose Fire District during National Night Out at Heritage Park in Scappoose.They were able to see a demonstration by our canine officer Lars and to view some of our mounted posse members with their horses as well as our Marine program and our search and rescue program," Dickerson noted. "It was a good night once again."

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