Families from Colton and surrounding areas gathered together for the Colton Volunteer Fire Department's National Night Out

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Hendrix, 2, and Cooper, 5, visit the fun table with volunteer firefighter Elijah Liles.On Tuesday, Aug. 2, families from Colton and surrounding areas attended the Colton Volunteer Fire Department's National Night Out.

During the event, they had the chance to meet the local volunteer firefighters, explore fire trucks and talk with the volunteers from Mountain Wave Search and Rescue and with Lonny Johnson, who demonstrated how amateur radio (HAM) communications is used in emergency situations.

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Izzy Sanchez, 9, meets Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9 Ajax.

Children had a chance to use a fire hose to "extinguish" fires. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9, Ajax, and his handler, Deputy Huskisson, were there to interact with the children and teach them how the K9 unit works.

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Nine-month-old Maija Bjorn goes in for the watermelon bite at National Night Out.The barbecue area was popular with everyone. After a trip to the food table, people gathered around the outdoor tables to eat and visit.

National Night Out is a community awareness movement that has been celebrated across America for more than thirty years. It was founded to promote neighborhood watch and crime prevention, and has grown to promote overall community safety and neighborhood camaraderie.

More than 100 people enjoyed the night visiting with friends and meeting the volunteers of the Colton Fire Department.

Two-year-old Hendrix Fischer gave the night a thumbs up and said, "It is fun!"

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Tanner Priest, 5, puts out fires with the help of Colton volunteer firefighter Aaron Myers.PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - The barbecue stand at Colton's National Night Out. Pictured from left to right are: Wendy Oberlander, Julia LIngle, Geri Fraijo and Tyler Norlin.

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