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IN PHOTOS: A Nite Out to remember

Community members gather for fun and safety education -

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Julia Rogers waits for the Emergency Vehicle Parade while holding her two-year-old son, Kevin. It's their third time attending the 18th annual Wood Village Nite Out, which hopes to build bridges between community and law enforcement. Kevin's favorite part is the K9 demonstration. 'He keeps talking about the doggies,' his mom explains. A night out doesn’t have to cost anything, at least in Wood Village. Free food, free entertainment and lots of free swag were available at the 18th-annual Wood Village Nite Out, which took place on Friday, July 15, at the Wood Village Baptist Church.

The event helped build bridges between law enforcement and Wood Village’s diverse population.

More than 2,500 people were expected to attend, said Mayor Patricia Smith.

“My favorite part is the kids,” she said. “Just doing what kids do.”

OUTLOOK PHOTO - A boy needs a little help doing pull-ups at the Marines recruitment booth.

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Alex Johansen, 18, smiles just a minute after being voluntarily tased. 'How long did I scream before I stopped?' asks the Marines recruit.

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Miguel Becab, 18, is a volunteer for STRYVE. 'STRYVE stands for striving to reduce youth violence everywhere. A good place to start is Wood Village,' he says.

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Smoke grenades obscure the field as SWAT officers and Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies demonstrate a high-risk vehicle takedown.

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Dmitriy Nimych watched the hostile vehicle simulation along with his wife, Olga, and one of their four children, two-year-old Masha. 'It looked like a demonstration,' Dmitriy says, 'but in Russia it's real. I was expecting more.'

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Gresham firefighter/paramedic Darrin LaBuda helped use the Jaws of Life to remove the roof, all four doors and the windshield from a donated sedan. 'The main objective is to keep the people safe and get them out,' he explains.

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Anab Mohamed (left) and Fardosa Osman, both 19, were surprised to learn they were no longer in Portland, but Wood Village. When asked, neither thought they would make good police officers.

OUTLOOK PHOTO - Striker Brault, 18, participated in this year's 'Shoot or Don't Shoot' simulation. Last year, 'I walked right in and just started shooting,' he says. The secret, he explains, 'Is you've got to worry about everyone and make sure they're safe and secure.'