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Pleasant Hills plans for 24th annual National Night Out

| Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 12:33 p.m.

Pleasant Hills residents will once again come together for block parties and neighborhood cookouts, as police, fire and EMS parade by their homes to say “Thank You” for showing them support throughout the year.

The borough will celebrate National Night Out for the 24th year on July 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The evening will feature roughly 100 units parading through the streets, blaring their sirens and tossing out candy, as the community comes to celebrate its first responders.

“We’re bringing a parade to them. It’s kind of cool,” Pleasant Hills police Chief Brian Finnerty said.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign through the National Association of Town Watch meant to bolster police/community relations.

Pleasant Hills police hold their event a week prior to the national night to allow officers from across the region to partake in the borough’s parade.

The borough has had a procession of public safety personnel traveling through the streets for all but one year in the last two and a half decades. In 2015, construction on Old Clairton Road meant the parade could not happen.

The night draws first responders from as far away as West View, Frazer Township and Findlay.

The parade kicks off at the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. and weaves through most of the borough streets, Finnerty said.

What stands out for him is the way the night brings the community together.

Neighbors that might not have time to hang out get to know each other and talk during block parties.

Police officers from Pleasant Hills and members of Baldwin Emergency Medical Services will stop by each block party registered with the borough.

To register a block party, residents can call Pleasant Hills police at 412-655-5045.

Residents often show signs of thanks to the first responders during the night.

And it goes both ways. The night also is about the first responders thanking the residents for being there for them, Finnerty said.

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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