Food, activities – and helicopter – draw multi-community crowd to Night Out party in Carpentersville – Chicago Tribune

There were squad cars, ladders, school buses, and the cab of a bucket truck to climb into and explore.

But what really drew the kids Tuesday night to National Night Out at Carpenter Park in Carpentersville was the LifeNet McHenry helicopter and a chance to meet pilot Dan Bloomgarden, who handed out souvenir plastic cups and helicopter temporary tattoos.

“It’s going great,” said police officer Kara Burroughs, who handles community engagement for the Carpentersville Police Department.

Burroughs helped organize the event, which was hosted by the Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee and Sleepy Hollow Police Departments, Dundee Township Park District and Carpentersville Fire and Works Departments .

“It was great to see so many officers, firefighters and other volunteers volunteering their time to be here. It is truly a blessing,” she said.

Burroughs estimated that between 750 and 1,000 people attended the event, which also included martial arts and drone demonstrations, inflatables, food, music, local vendors and booths at non-profit, as well as free Icees and other gifts.

The annual gathering is a way for residents to interact with each other, police and other city officials and to draw attention to the community’s role in crime prevention. Similar events took place all over Illinois and the country.

Mike Danahey is a freelance writer for The Courier-News.

Joseph K. Bennett