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Virginia Honors Public Safety Departments on National Night Out

Updated: August 07, 2018 10:29 PM

On the Range, it was an extra special National Night Out for people in Virginia's public safety departments. 

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Tuesday night, large crowds filled Olcott Park in Virginia in celebration of the event. Community members shook hands and got to know each other as well as the people who keep our communities safe - police officers, firefighters and EMT's. In conjunction with the celebration, the city held a special meeting where several officers were given awards. There was also a swearing in for new firefighters/EMT's. Police Chief Nicole Mattson says that added to an already important event. 

"We try to pick a special time to look at our employees and give them recognition for the good deeds they have done," said Mattson. (The message) is to get out and meet your community. A lot of times, nowadays you get out and don't know who your neighbors are."

On Tuesday's agenda, they also moved forward with putting a referendum on the November ballot seeking a sales tax to help fund the Miners Memorial Convention Center reconstruction. In addition to that, there was also a car show, music and performances.  

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