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20121002 Palmhurst-National-Night-Out AF 0033 FeaturePalmhurst Mayor Ramiro Rodriguez and Chief of Police Michael A. Vela initiated the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Palmhurst National Night Out event with members of the City of Palmhurst Council and Palmhurst Police Department. Progress Times photo by Andrielle FigueroaPALMHURST—Tuesday evening, the City of Palmhurst had hundreds of citizens celebrate its first National Night out at the North Mission Church of Christ at 1410 E. Mile 3 Road. Attendees received free printed shirts marking the event and enjoyed performances from Midkiff Elementary School.

A convoy consisting of police, fire department and Border Patrol vehicles drove along Mile 3 Road to kick off the party. City of Palmhurst staff joined the Palmhurst Police Department in a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the center of all activities.

Palmhurst Chief of Police Michael A. Vela stated the success of the event was attributed to the community and city staff.

“It was very outstanding how the community came to this event, to me it was a great feeling to see the public support what we were trying to do,” Vela said. “This would have never happened without the support of the city manager, city council and city staff.”

Attendees enjoyed candied apples, nachos, corn and a variety of other snacks and treats. There were colorful, decorated booths providing information on deterring crime and proper safety etiquette. Police departments from all over Hidalgo County participated in the event.

Lieutenant Joe Luna of the Mission Fire Department said he was happy to participate; he believes knowledge on safety guidelines is a key factor for children and adults alike.

“We have anywhere from 40 to 100 kids using our mobile smoke house at each event,” Luna said. “It is teaching kids survival skills…when a fire happens in their home, it gives them the essentials to get out.”

Luna added children are told they should be the priority when a fire is happening; they should also stay cool, calm and collected when trying to exit a home in flames.

Children participated in rock climbing, carnival rides and sport stations. There were multiple performances from the Mission Consolidated Independent School District, students showed their talents with instruments, dance and singing.

Vela admitted he was nervous prior to the event but felt at ease once he saw the overwhelming turn out.

“We had a lot of agencies tell us it was the biggest national night out they had ever been to, I felt honored,” Vela said. “Next year it will be bigger and better.”

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