Big Rapids Holds 17th National Event With First Responders

Big Rapids held another successful National Night Out Tuesday evening.

The free event took place right downtown, inviting community members and kids to come and meet first responders of the local community.

“We have snow cones, cotton candy, free hot dogs, popcorn… lots of organizations to just come and play games and do arts and crafts,” said Sgt. for Community Relations in Big Rapids, William Sell. “We have a dunk tank, corn hole, lots and lots of stuff.”

Among the first responders were Michigan State Police, Ferris State University Police, Big Rapids Police, the Sheriff, local Dive Team, and more.

The National Night Out event caters to children and gives first responders the opportunity to show them the different equipment and vehicles they get to use every single day.

Central dispatch were also at the event handing out popcorn to kids.

“Not a lot of people see our faces… to be here, and to put our faces out there, gets the community to know that they are talking to real people,” said Supervisor at Meceola Central Dispatch, Lynn Wernette. “They’re not just talking to somebody on the other end of the phone. We have family’s. We have connections. We care about every single call that comes into our center.”

The National Night Out event is hosted by the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and the Big Rapids Housing Commission.

The event is partnered with other National Night Out events that were going on at the same time across the country, U.S. Territories, and U.S. Military bases worldwide.