National Night Out event draws a big crowd


ROCHELLE — Atwood Park was a sea of emergency vehicles and a special visit from the OSF Life Flight Helicopter at the Rochelle Police Department’s National Night Out Wednesday.
The community was treated to a taser demonstration with Rochelle Police Chief Eric Higby volunteering as the target.

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K-9 officer Ryan Beery demonstrated Axel’s ability to attack on command. Handler Beery called out commands in German as he helped “apprehend” officer James Jakymiw.
Beery explained Axel can also locate missing persons or criminals on the run, and can smell narcotics.

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Games and a car seat safety check were among the activities offered, along with food and opportunities to tour squad cars and the Life Flight helicopter.
“This event is a good way for our residents to meet the police department and see what we are all about,” said Sandy Sullivan, communications supervisor. “We encourage people to come in and see our department. Thank you to everybody that did come out and to our chief and deputy chief for the support they give our department that allows us to do these things.”

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