By Andrea Stone (Fort Carson)August 8, 2013
FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Fort Carson community members braved the rain for the annual National Night Out at the Soldiers' Memorial Chapel parking lot, Aug. 6.
The nationwide event is an opportunity for people to meet their neighbors and interact with police, firefighters and other organizations.
"The event is primarily about neighborhood watches, getting the community out to meet the police, fire and wildlife officers," said Lt. Brandon Graber, Fort Carson police.
There was a military working dog demonstration, car seat safety check, wildlife animal displays, games and food.
The Fort Carson fire department brought a mobile smoke house where it taught children fire safety tips and what to do if a fire breaks out in their home.
Hailey Decker, 10, said she learned to always check doors for heat and to get low when there's smoke.
Conservation law enforcement officers brought stuffed animals and fur pelts for children to touch.
"I really like it," said Destiny Ross, 10. "I love seeing the animals."
In spite of the wind and rain, Families enjoyed the event.
"Even with the rain, it's still all about having fun," said Pvt. Joseph Flores, 984th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion. "Kids are learning (to stay away from) drugs and gangs, and caring for one another.
The Soldiers are here to help and guide them. Having fun, that's the best part."
Organizers were pleased with the attendance, although they ended the event an hour early because of wind.
"The turnout was great, but we'd always like to see more," Graber said.