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Free Family Fun Wednesday at National Night Out

Children of all ages can peek inside the Flight for Life helicopter, explore Kohl's Cares' "The Great Safety Adventure," and much, much more. Details inside. Patch will be there with frisbees and other goodies.

When some 500 Brookfield families attend tonight's National Night Out, they will be greeted by public safety personnel and volunteers wearing purple T-shirts with a unique design.

Three Brookfield Central High School students created a winning art design for the T-shirts: showing families walking near houses, with clapsed hands and the message "City of Brookfield Celebration of Crime Prevention and Safety."

Students Jessie Bourdow, Jack Cox and Abbie Taylor also were awarded $20 gift certificates from Target for winning the art contest opened to all Central and East High students.

  • from the 2011 Brookfield National Night Out

The art contest was one of the new features of the 2012 National Night Out, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight (Aug. 1) in the Civic Plaza and Public Safety Building, 2100 N. Calhoun Rd.

Look for Patch's table at the event, where we'll be giving away safety information and goodies such as frisbees.

Families can get a look at a Flight for Life helicopter — which hasn't been at the Brookfield event for years — and participate in a flashlight walk against crime at 8:30 p.m.

Kohl's Cares will be there with its "The Great Safety Adventure," a semitrailer that converts to a 1,000-square-foot home. The house set teaches children and adults how to avoid five home safety dangers: falls, poisoning, drowning, fires and burns, and choking and suffocation.

"It just is so educational — we're really looking forward to having them come out to National Night Out,"  said Denise Carroll, Community Services Officer for the Brookfield Police Department.

Carroll said National Night Out, a national program, was launched in 1984 to: (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) strengthen neighborhood spirit; (3) show support for your local Police Department; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and on-watch against crime. 

Safety tips will be provided on home security, hunting, boating, identity theft protection, traffic and bicycles and crime prevention.

Also on tap:

  • Child fingerprinting
  • Dunk tank
  • CP Rail rides for children
  • Waukesha County canine unit
  • Personal safety and self-defense
  • Air bag safety demonstration
  • Food and refreshments
  • McGruff, the crime dog

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