Around 80 neighborhood gatherings took place on Aug. 7 for Nite to Unite — Savage's annual National Night Out celebration.
The community building event — held on the first Tuesday in August each year — brings together neighbors, local law enforcement and local officials to celebrate community relationships, trust and working together toward a safer community.
Savage Police Chief Rodney Seurer and Savage Mayor Janet Williams made the rounds together to parties around Savage.
The Savage police and fire departments were also making the rounds, giving families opportunities to check out the squad cars and fire trucks as well as check out police and fire gear.
The last party on the evening's schedule of events was likely the largest, with over 100 kids estimated to be at the gathering.
On the grassy lawn, between homes along Jersey Avenue South, kids ran around and played in inflatable bouncy houses while families enjoyed picnic style food. Suddenly, the sirens of the firetruck sounded and seconds later, the sounds of all the neighborhood kids running to be the first one there.
Scott County Attorney Ron Hocevar, Savage Fire Chief Joel McColl, City Administrator Brad Larson, Councilmember Matt Johnson and Public Works Director Greg Boatman, as well as Seurer and Williams, were among those at the party celebrating with families.
Kids had the opportunity to picture themselves having a future in law enforcement, trying on police helmets and vests and many donning police badge stickers.
One young girl even tested out the horn on the snow plow (it works).