So far, there are nine parties in the works for Kilgore Night Out 2018, and KPD Support Lt. Tony Stone has plenty of space left on his list.
“That’s just the initial pool,” he said after Wednesday’s first KNO kick-off event in the Ronnie D. Moore Public Safety Center. It drew 10 people ready to hit the ground running with plans for their Oct. 2 events throughout Kilgore. “I got a new person and basically all my regulars.
“I believe that these people showed up for the kick-off event because they care about their neighborhood. They enjoy putting on National Night Out parties and look forward to fostering relationships with law enforcement.”
While most of the country hosts National Night Out events in August, Texans wait for cooler temperatures on the first Tuesday in October. In Kilgore, parties typically run 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and local emergency responders make a point of dropping by as many as possible to meet-and-greet residents.
Neighborhood party hosts who attended the Sept. 5 kick-off included John Carnett and co-host Lawanna Williams, B.J. Clark, Daniel Gantt, Martha Morrow, Ray Miller, Ursula Plaisance, Mike and Susan Sechrist and Monica Zavalla.
According to KPD, “We appreciate each of our block party hosts and look forward to visiting all of the block parties on Oct. 2. National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.”
Stone’s is still building the roster of block parties – anyone interested in organizing a Kilgore Night Out gathering can register the event or get more information from Stone via 903-218-6910.
It’s a great opportunity to create bonds between residents and first responders, he added.
“You never know when we’re going to need their assistance with something,” Stone said. “If we build trust with them they can trust us.”