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Published August 02, 2011, 10:26 PM

National Night Out Connects GF Kids To Law Enforcement

The Grand Forks Community got some free food, live entertainment and some fun on bouncy castles, but it also got to learn about diffusing bombs, CPR and saving a burning building.

The Grand Forks Community got some free food, live entertainment and some fun on bouncy castles, but it also got to learn about diffusing bombs, CPR and saving a burning building.

National Night Out at the Purpur Arena brought out hundreds of people. Inflatable games ensured fun for the kids, and the purpose of National Night Out ensured a little piece of mind for parents.

"We live close to where you can hear the sirens, and I don't want him to think cops are bad guys. I want him to see they're helping," said Amy Mountain, holding her son Anthony.

Mountain is helping Anthony understand by letting him meet police officers, fire fighters and paramedics. He and other kids can see how much of a resource these people are.

"It shows the kids we're here to help and if they call the police or fire department they're not going to get into trouble. If they need help we're here to help," said Captain Randy Fetch with the Grand Forks Fire Department.

The kids got to use the fire department's hose to put out some fake fires, listen to their heartbeats inside an Altru ambulance and play with Andros, the bomb squad's robot.

"The people get to see the cops, firefighters, paramedics and everyone here in a different light," said Cpl. Lavonne Nelson with the Grand Forks Police.

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