Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK KIRLINHellertown and Lower Saucon police officers line-up and look up at the flag during the evening’s singing of the National Anthem. PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK KIRLINHellertown and Lower Saucon police officers line-up and look up at the flag during the evening’s singing of the National Anthem.
Crowds begin to gather for the event as an American flag hangs from an extended ladder from one of the fire trucks. Crowds begin to gather for the event as an American flag hangs from an extended ladder from one of the fire trucks.
A popular activity was face painting for the kids. Matthew chose to have a spider and web painted on his face. A popular activity was face painting for the kids. Matthew chose to have a spider and web painted on his face.
One of the free foods provided were hot dogs. Lori holds a new tray of hot dogs for the attendees gathering in a line. One of the free foods provided were hot dogs. Lori holds a new tray of hot dogs for the attendees gathering in a line.
Carter pets Silver the arson detecting dog. Silver can detect up to 50 accelerants and has a sense of smell 40 times greater than a human. Carter pets Silver the arson detecting dog. Silver can detect up to 50 accelerants and has a sense of smell 40 times greater than a human.
Firefighter Jake Rodenbach of the Lower Saucon Fire Department shows a young attendee how to properly use a fire hose. The fire departments also handed out plastic fire helmets for children to wear. Firefighter Jake Rodenbach of the Lower Saucon Fire Department shows a young attendee how to properly use a fire hose. The fire departments also handed out plastic fire helmets for children to wear.
PRESS PHOTO BY MARK KIRLINThe National Guard brought a rock-climbing wall to the Hellertown and Lower Saucon National Night Out event Aug. 6 at Dimmick Park in Hellertown. It was an opportunity for the community and first responders to come together in an effort to build relationships and increase awareness of crime and safety. PRESS PHOTO BY MARK KIRLINThe National Guard brought a rock-climbing wall to the Hellertown and Lower Saucon National Night Out event Aug. 6 at Dimmick Park in Hellertown. It was an opportunity for the community and first responders to come together in an effort to build relationships and increase awareness of crime and safety.
William kicks one of the giant inflatable soccer darts toward the target. William kicks one of the giant inflatable soccer darts toward the target.
A bike skills course was set up courtesy of Saucon Valley Bikes. The course was a fun activity intended to teach kids bike safety. A bike skills course was set up courtesy of Saucon Valley Bikes. The course was a fun activity intended to teach kids bike safety.
Numerous police and fire departments vehicles were on display including this rescue boat and all-terrain vehicle. Numerous police and fire departments vehicles were on display including this rescue boat and all-terrain vehicle.

National Night Out – Hellertown

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by Mark Kirlin Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Increasing safety awareness

Hellertown and Lower Saucon held their annual National Night Out Aug. 6 at Dimmick Park in Hellertown. It was an opportunity for the community and first responders to come together in an effort to build relationships and increase awareness of crime and safety.

The family friendly event included free food, music, demonstrations, activities and games for kids. Members of Hellertown and Lower Saucon Police departments along with Dewey, Lower Saucon Fire & Rescue and Steel City Fire Departments were on hand with the various vehicles they use.

One of the highlights of this year’s event was an appearance by Silver the arson detection dog along with the city of Bethlehem’s Detective/Deputy Fire Marshal Douglas Nothstein. Silver and Nothstein put on a demonstration for the attendees. Silver is one of only 10 dogs in the state that is used to investigate arson. Silver is specially trained to detect up to 50 different accelerants and has been used in locations all over the Lehigh Valley.