WESTFIELD, NJ — Hundreds of families mingled with police, firefighters, EMTs and public works employees the evening of Aug. 1 at Westfield’s second annual National Night Out in Downtown Westfield.

Tuesday was also jazz night downtown, sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, and live music was provided by The Gold Magnolias.

Kids climbed onto vehicles, got their fingerprints taken, toured an ambulance and a fire truck and took home giveaways including hats, coloring books and bracelets.

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“I think it’s great to see the first responders and the community coming together and getting to know each other,” Westfield Police Chief David Wayman said.

The National Night Out campaign, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is part of continuing efforts to strengthen ties between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out each year across thousands of communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.