|Councilman George Wilson will give you a burger today!|
|DA John Morganelli remembers officer Robert Lasso|
"I remember that night very well," said District Attorney John Morganelli, who paid tribute to the fallen but not forgotten officer. He noted that we tend to take for granted the work that police officers do, but "their lives are always on the line. They never know if they're going to come home." Calling Lasso's widow and his two young children "salt of the earth," Morganelli stated that Lasso "will be remembered, will be in our hearts and thoughts. When he finished his tribute, Jim McAteer of the Somerset County Police Pipes and Drums played Amazing Grace.
|Jim McAteer, from the Somerset County Police Pipes and Drums, performs "Amazing Grace"|
|Borough Councilman Jim "Lightning" Smith doesn't think you'll dare take him down.|
|In three pitches, Benjamin Casellas turned Lightning into Thunder|
|With the thunder, comes a tidal wave|
Of course, police cars and fire trucks were on display. Every officer volunteered to be there, as well as numerous volunteer firefighters.
|Alexandria (Alex) , a 6 yo Belgian Malinois K-9, with trainer Don Wilcox|
|Devin Shellhammer delighted to meet Alex|
Despite the fearsome reputation of her breed, Wilcox called her a "lover." She basked in the attention as child after child petted her, and wanted to play with a Shiatsu named Butchy, about 1/10th her size. but when it was time to work, she worked. Her mission was to find a "lost" child, also named Alex, who was hiding in the bed of a pick up truck several hundred yards away. Through a process known as air scent searching, in which her sensitive nose can pick up the 40,000 skin rafts that humans shed every minute, she was able to find the girl in about a minute. She barked her discovery, and then returned to Wilcox and led him to the girl.
The idea for this National Night Out originated with Chief Pantuso, who was involved in the program as an officer in new jersey since 1997. He expressed his deep appreciation for the numerous sponsors who participated in making the 1st Annual Freemanburg National Night Out a night to remember for those who came. They left knowing that they matter. Next year, there will certainly be more.
|Butchy, a spunky Shiatsu, tells Alex that size doesn't matter|
|Alexandria and Alexus, the "lost" girl found in the bed of a pickup truck.|
|Would you like a burger cooked by Mayor Gerald Yob?|
|Officers Bob Wieder, Rich Weichand and Jonathan Itterly|
|Laila Williams tests her strength|
|Miriam Castellano (L) of Miriam's Take Out, with Jennifer Rodriguez, offer Spanish fare|
|Borough Manager Judy Danko is the rose between two thorns, Chief Todd Pantuso (L) and DA John Morganelli (R)|