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Annual event unites families with police and fire agencies for free community festivities

SPOTLIGHT PHOTOS: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Owen Seals, 9, and Max Wheeldon, 9, pose for photos behind inmate and deputy prop cut-outs at the Columbia County Sheriffs Office during National Night Out on Tuesday evening, Aug. 7. Early evening temperatures in the mid 90s didn't stop children and their families from heading out to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Heritage Park in Scappoose for National Night Out.

The evening is a national effort among law enforcement and fire agencies to host community events and to encourage interaction and partnerships between police, fire and the communities they serve.

Children mingled with men and women in uniform in the Sheriff's Office parking lot for shaved ice, photo booths, games and barbeque, courtesy of CCSO staff and volunteers, including the Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse, who showed up with horses for children to see and pet. SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - David Somann with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse, gives 4-year-old Owen a sticker to keep during a National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Scappoose's Heritage Park was brimming with children and police officers. Most were waiting in a growing line for the return of the dunk-a-cop dunk tank, while others frolicked in the Rotary Club Children's Fountain, or waited patiently for shaved ice and ice cream cones. SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose Police Department Chaplain Patricia Altimus serves shaved ice to children during National Night Out in Scappoose Tuesday evening.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Zach Ahlers, a Scappoose firefighter, holds his daughter, 1 -year-old Zoey, while enjoying an ice cream cone, courtesy of the Watts House Pioneer Museum in Scappoose. Police and firefighters were part of the National Night Out community event at Heritage Park in Scappoose.

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