Amid social unrest, Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office prepares for National Night Out

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FINCASTLE, Va. (WFXR) — This year’s National Night Out, a night dedicated to building partnerships between communities and their first responders, was originally scheduled for Aug. 4.

Thanks for COVID-19, it’s been pushed to Tuesday, Oct. 6. Regardless of the date, Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office has been planning for a big event.

Sheriff Matt Ward foreshadows the night as having “Lots of food, fun, some events for the kids…”

Ward and his office went all out on a promotional video for the event that saw some heavy traffic on social media.

“I know everyone’s seeing that national narrative that’s being pushed,” Ward said. “That picture that’s being painted with one brush, based on the actions of a few, it just simply isn’t occurring here.”

The event is set to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Fincastle Baptist Church, where Kevin Cummings is the pastor.

“We’re so excited to partner with the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Department and really to honor the brave men and women that put their lives on the line every day,” Cummings said. The event will be at Fincastle Baptist Church, and COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced strictly.

Ward knows his office is supported, but to really see that show of support, he thinks, will show his deputies that the work they do is valued.

“The officers want to interact with their community,” Ward said. “We look forward to joining our community as we have a fun-filled evening.”

“We’re blessed with the men and women that serve us in law enforcement and first responders,” Cummings added.

COVID-19 guidelines will be strictly enforced. After all, the place will have a large presence of law enforcement. Ward and Cummings say to bring a fold-out chair and/or a blanket because the plan is to have fireworks for the finale.

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