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By ALEXANDER WILLIS

On Tuesday, a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter touched down at Port Royal Park in Spring Hill as a part of the annual “Night Out Against Crime,” a community event aimed at maintaining a healthy relationship between police and the community at large – with some fun activities and games thrown into the mix as well.

“The citizens, we ultimately work for them, so they need to know who they have in case of an emergency,” said Cory England with the Spring Hill Police Department. “We’re no different than they are, so it’s very important that they know who’s coming, what we’re coming with, and that we’re here to support them just as much as they support us.”

At the event, kids got a chance to explore the innards of the Black Hawk helicopter, a Williamson County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, and a litany of fire and rescue vehicles. Police took to the pavement on motorcycles, swiveling through a sea of traffic cones much to the delight of onlookers.

“Stuff that we’ve done in the community pays off sometimes, like tonight: [citizens] will meet and greet firemen, police officers, and that’s what you want with your citizens, that rapport,” said Spring Hill Fire Department Terry Hood. “That’s what helps build relationships. We work for [the citizens] – if it weren’t for them paying their taxes, we wouldn’t be here doing our job. That’s why we do what we do.”

 

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