Once a year across the country, first responders – such as police, fire and EMS – get together to visit events in their community for National Night Out.
The event is typically celebrated in August, but Texas celebrates the first Tuesday in October.
It is a get-together aimed at bridging the gap between law enforcement and citizens, something new Fort Stockton Police Chief Robert Lee Lujan is excited for.
“It allows officers to meet with the public,” he said. “We're public servants.”
Yesterday was Lujan's first day on the job, but he said he had a meeting with his officers encouraging them to get more involved in the community.
The Pecos County Sheriff, Pecos County EMS, Fort Stockton Fire Department and Fort Stockton Police Department were some of the participating entities.
There was even had a visit from fire dog “Sparky,” which the kids at the event loved.
There were events across town, including B's Diner, Southern View Apts., The Garage, Coffee, Music and More, Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center, Northside Baptist Church and more.
Public Works Director Aaron Ramos said that getting the community out to meet each other was also important, especially being from a small town.
“It's extremely important to interact with first responders,” he said. “It's good to know everybody.”
One of the events at Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center brought together multiple entities such as State Farm and the Girl Scouts.
Midland College recruiter and advisor Andres Madrid said that bringing together the different resources the town offers is a good way to meet people involved in the things that might be needed one day.
“It puts a human connection to a service,” he said.
Having the police department meeting with students, strengthens the community, said Madrid.