National Night Out was enjoyed by approximately 650 people who feasted on 900 burgers and brats and 450 root beer floats according to Milbank Fire Chief Kevin Schuelke and Police Chief Boyd VanVooren.
The yearly event, sponsored by the Milbank Fire Department, Milbank Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Game, Fish and Parks and the Grant-Roberts Ambulance Service, was held Thursday, August 11, at the Milbank Fire Hall. The fire department served the meal as its annual fundraiser, and the police department along with chamber directors, Laura Kelly and Chelcie Eischens, served root beer floats.
Firefighters assisted children with fire hose games and performed several demonstrations on kitchen grease fires. “We saw a need for a demonstration along with information on the prevention of kitchen grease fires,” stated Schuelke. “These types of fires happen too often. I hope the public enjoyed these demonstrations.”
National Night Out is a nationwide event with the goal of promoting community-wide partnerships with local law enforcement and emergency response departments. The event is also designed to encourage neighborhood camaraderie and making our neighborhoods a safer place to live.
“We would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting National Night Out and all our local departments,” expressed Schuelke. “The response really helps the moral of the guys to keep up the commitment and dedication needed to provide services to the community. We also thank everyone for the donations which help keep our standards up to an expected level.”
“The turnout was great,” noted VanVooren. “A special thank you to Taco Johns for the root beer float supplies. The most important thing about this event is getting together as a community. I have always been impressed with our local emergency services, fire department and ambulance personnel. They are very good in Milbank. Thank you to all for a great night.”