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Night Against Crime Honors Forestry-One

This year’s National Night Out will kick off at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow night and will be dedicated to the memory of Alex Williamson, Halifax County’s Forestry-One, according to Becky Martin, one of the event organizers.

Williamson lost his life in a tragic freak accident while driving in North Carolina in March.

“Alex meant a lot to this county,” Martin said. “He was so community-minded and gave so much of himself to help others that we want to dedicate our National Night Out this year to his memory.”

National Night Out will be held at the Halifax County Fairgrounds with the parade kicking off the festivities tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., Martin said. Events on the stage get under way at approximately 6, she added.

“We have over 30 booths from various non-profit organizations scheduled to attend,” she said. “That does not include the large number of law enforcement vehicles, fire and EMS vehicles that will be on display.”

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office will provide demonstrations by the drug dog and patrol dog, according to Martin.

“There will be a defensive tactics demonstration and a taser demonstration,” she said. “The blood hounds also will be there for petting and to meet the kids.”

As always, food will be available along with many fun things for the youngsters. Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department will provide the food.

“We’ll have the National Night Out dunking booth, mock jail, face painting, tattoos and a 50/50 raffle,” Martin said. “We’ll also be giving away two tricycles, two bicycles, one car seat and one booster seat.”

In the “Tools for Schools” program, various school supplies are collected and given to students who cannot afford them. Pencils, paper, rulers, notebooks, napping mats for pre-k students, and many other various supplies are purchased by NNO and donated by local citizens each year.  They are then given to the Halifax County School Board to be distributed in the coming year to those students who cannot afford their own supplies.

National Night Out also awards scholarships for local students who are going into the criminal justice field.

“This year we gave a $500 scholarship from our 2009 proceeds,” Martin said. “We try to give at least one scholarship a year, but one year we raised enough to give two.”