FAIRFIELD COUNTY — N.N.O. That isn’t the stammering beginning to the 1968 hit “Nobody but Me” made famous by the Human Beinz, but instead it’s an abbreviation for National Night Out, an annual event intended to improve relations between law enforcement and community members.
“We’ve got an excellent urn out,” Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery said Tuesday night.
This was echoed by Police Chief Freddie Lorick of the Winnsboro Department of Public Safety.
“It’s been good,” Lorick said. “Seems like we’ve had a pretty good turnout.”
The Old Armory and Fortune Springs Park, where N.N.O. was held, was filled with Fairfield County and Winnsboro residents eating free pizza, subjecting members of law enforcement to a dunk tank, playing games, getting their faces painted and becoming better acquainted with local law enforcement officers.
Alvin Yarborough and Markell Yarborough had their respective faces painted to resemble Rafael and Donatello of the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, and said they were thoroughly enjoying the event, which they called great.
The eldest Yarborough said the demolition was his favorite part of the evening.
“I liked the part when they threw the grenade,” Yarborough said.
Dextiny Rabb said the part of N.N.O. she found most enjoyable was the dunk a cop tank.
“It was fun,” Rabb said.
In addition to providing entertainment, N.N.O. raised money for a charitable cause through the sale of wristbands and shirts.
“We’ve raised a lot of money for Special Olympics,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery said it was also an opportunity to remind people if they are interested in learning more about church safety or starting community watch groups, they should contact Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.
Both Lorick and Montgomery communicated how important N.N.O. is for not only encouraging cooperation before law enforcement and the community, but for allowing law enforcement agencies to fraternize and communicate.
“We surely appreciate all of the agencies coming together,” Montgomery said.
Lorick said cooperation is important because all agencies share a goal.
“It’s very important because we’re all in this thing for the same reason, we just want to work together,” Lorick said.
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