SWAT car, Mission BBQ headline Night Out event

By Charles Zinn
Linglestown Gazette summer intern

Have you ever wanted to see an armored SWAT car up close?

That is one of the pieces of equipment Lower Paxton Township officials are bringing to the annual National Night Out at George Park, so now is your chance.

The National Night Out is a celebration held across the nation where people from the community can come out to meet local first responders who help protect and keep them safe.

“There’s going to be some technical stuff there,” said Lower Paxton Township Police Corporal Walt Cook, the officer spearheading the event. Beyond the SWAT car, he highlighted some of the new wrinkles coming in this year, including horses and a helicopter.

However, Cook wanted to make sure people understand that none of these things will appear for certain. Due to the nature of their emergency services work, they may not arrive if they receive a call.

“That’s all mission pending. I’m not going to say it’s happening until its flying over us,” he said regarding the helicopter.

Leigh Ann Urban, the township’s communications manager, also shared some information she knew. When asked about food and entertainment, she said Mission BBQ will be there to distribute food, and that would be it.

“It’s not meant to be a concert. It’s to promote community,” Urban explained.

As always, there will many community groups and businesses with information tables to get citizens in the know about their programs and services.

National Night Out at George Park this Tuesday, August 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. The park is located about a quarter-mile south of Paxtonia Elementary School along Nyes Road.