TORRINGTON – Residents and guests alike convened at Jirdon Park in Torrington Tuesday afternoon for National Night Out, an annual event meant to bring communities together, make them safer and enhance the relationships between area first responders and the citizens of the town.
The park was filled with activities, exhibits and hands-on activities. Towards the east end of Jirdon park, the police department and county attorney’s office hosted an obstacle driving course, followed by a “drunken” obstacle driving course, utilizing drunk goggles.
The north end of the park was the site of WYO HELP’s staff and volunteers who gave out hot dogs, chips and drinks. Guests were treated to a meal, conversation with local first responders and other support staff.
Guests were able to view and interact with several vehicles brought by the Torrington Police Department, Torrington Emergency Medical Services and Torrington Fire Department. In addition, AirLink brought their Bell 407 helicopter for the guests’ enjoyment. Guests sat in the helicopter, were shown how the helicopter was operated and demonstrated how patients were attended to while the helicopter was in flight.
At 7 p.m., the Torrington City Council took the stage at the park pavilion for their first regular town council meeting of August. The council greeted guests and began the meeting by opening with the Torrington Fire Department’s Honor Guard posting the colors.
After the colors were posted, Mayor Randy Adams provided guests with an update on the status of the city, the county and the state. Adams urged the public to be aware of the dangers presented by COVID-19 and upcoming potential super spreader events, such as the fair the Sturgis motorcycle rally.
After Adams mayoral statements, Police Chief Matt Johnson swore in the newest member of his department, Police Officer Stephen Easton.
Following Easton’s swearing in, City clerk/treasurer Lynette Strecker provided the commissioners with a copy of the bills from July 21, 2021, to Aug. 3, 2021.
The meeting was adjourned shortly thereafter, and the activities commenced for the rest of the night.
The next meeting of the Torrington City Council will be Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, at 7 p.m. in town hall.