By Nick Smirnoff

National Night Out

The Loop's Local Scene


August 18, 2018

Nick Smirnoff (NPPA)

Tehachapi Police Chief Kent Kroeger shows young visitor Hailey Boles, one of the department's vehicles.

Tehachapi's 8th year for National Night Out took place at Central Park Aug. 7. The event is held yearly as a means to introduce the public to the men and woman who work as First Responders.

On hand were Kern County Fire, Tehachapi Police Dept., Kern County Sheriff, Kern County Search and Rescue and Hall Ambulance. In addition, many of these safety organizations had representatives from their auxiliary organizations on hand to answer questions and hand out safety information. Tehachapi Police Foundation and TVRPD worked as lead agencies in hosting this years event.

Nick Smirnoff (NPPA)

Kern County Fire personnel from Tehachapi City Station-12 helped explain to children the importance of fire safety as well as providing an opportunity to inspect the inside of a fire truck.

This year featured a diverse mix of additional booths and exhibits featuring information on health and educational issues. Overall some 34 exhibitors took advantage of the cool evening temperatures to meet the public. City Manager Greg Garrett was overwhelmed at this years turnout.

"It's all families with kids. I can't explain it but there is a 'vibe' here this year of safety, happiness and well being".

Garrett along with Tehachapi police Chief Kent Kroeger estimated nearly 800 people were enjoying the three hour mid-week event.

Wrapping up the evenings activities was a Glow Stick Walk for kids sponsored by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District. At the end of the Glow Stick Walk, families and kids settled in for the remainder of the evening watching the animated movie "Coco" as part of the summer Movies in the Park series.


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