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VIDEO: Residents, Emergency Personnel Mingle at Lakehurst National Night Out

Nationwide event was held locally at the borough's baseball field on Tuesday night

Locals had a chance to get to know law enforcement and emergency responders Tuesday at National Night Out in Lakehurst. 

Borough police, fire and first aid members, Navy Lakehurst personnel and New Jersey State Troopers were among those participating in the 29th annual gathering. 

Officials expected 1,000 to 1,500 locals to visit the free event at the Lakehurst baseball field at the corner of Chestnut and Myrtle streets.  Patrolmen Ian James and Matthew Kline have organized the borough's celebration for the past few years. 

Residents were encouraged to sign up for positions on the borough's first aid squad, fire department and revitalization committee. Amusements for children were on-hand, prizes were raffled and free food was served up by volunteers. 

The New Jersey State Police helicopter was on display, the Ocean County SWAT team was present with replica weapons for residents to hold, and the Ocean County K-9 unit gave a demonstration.

Participants also navigated a drunken driving course where they wore special simulation goggles and drove a golf cart. All the food and prizes for the night are donated, according to James.

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