National night out takes over Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Recent crimes in the community have brought constant reminders that we have to take a stand against crime and that's what our neighbors were doing Tuesday night around the country and right here at home as millions turned out for National Night Out.

Savannah has been a part of this annual event for many years. Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, including Chief Willie Lovett, were there having a good old fashioned fish fry with folks at the Liberty City Lake. The Chief says this night is a win win situation for the community and police.

"The community and the police working together can solve any problem, and that's what this is about. It's important for us to get together with all of the communities because the more I know about the community and the more the community knows about us, we can do a lot of things together," Chief Lovett said.

In Garden City hundreds of people filled a shopping center parking lot to meet their neighbors and people that serve and protect the community. Service men and women including police, fire fighters, Metro Aviation, Marine units, soldiers and military working dogs were in attendance.

"It's an opportunity for our citizens to come out and see what the capabilities of their law enforcement is, get to know us, get to see our equipment, and see what we can do for them," said Chrief David Lyons of Garden City Police.

The fun times continued in Pembroke. Hundreds turned out for their National Night Out. There were several family and community events including a cub scout troop who wanted to do a little something extra. The scouts of Pack 141 gave away 500 bookbags filled with school supplies they've collected with their churches over the last few months. Scout leaders say this project is teaching the scouts a valueable lesson about the importance of giving back.

Cubmaster Lonnie Dombrowsky said, "It makes me feel good, because they find out that there's more to the community than just recieving things, but to give them, and see the joy that it brings to other people in need, it's really a blessing to all."

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