Much like the U.S. Post Office motto of neither rain, sleet nor snow, etc. it would appear the hundreds of little ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes from the strollers to the teenagers would not let the cold wind and 50 degree weather deter them from the festive and fun-filled evening of the Dayton’s Trunk or Treat either. This event, co-sponsored by the Dayton First United Methodist Church and the Dayton Journey Fellowship Church, provided a safe, sane and sensible way for the young people to savor the sweet treats of candy as well as view emergency vehicles from local law enforcement agencies and fire departments that were on display.
Liberty County Sheriff’s Office personnel and members from its Sheriff’s Citizen Auxiliary Network (S.C.A.N) team were pleased to provide candy and costumed personnel to join in with the smiles, laughter and goodwill of this community event. The LCSO was assisted by some of their more conventionally dressed deputies, such as K-9 Sgt. Michelle Deshotel and her dog, Jack, Deputy William Hall and his entire family, along with their dog Red, the soon-to-be poster dog of the Multi-County Crime Stopper program and Sgt. Bruce Johnson Coordinator for the LCSO Honor Guard.
As the evening wore on the temperature began to drop, but it seemed this only encouraged more children and their parents to turn out for this evening of make-believe, candy and comradery as the chill winds of winter failed to dampen the warm smiles and many “thank you” comments from the children as their pumpkin baskets were being filled to the brim with delights sure to elevate their sugar level later that night.
While this event was taking place, a similar event was being held in the City of Cleveland on the north end of the county, and it is rumored that “Commissioner Gordon of Gotham City,” aka Sheriff Bobby Rader, had to make a hasty retreat from Dayton to also attend the Cleveland event and spread good cheer with an equally energetic group of children from that community as well. All in all it was a memorable evening for both the children and adults who attended, and one could even say it was a “bootiful” experience for those who helped provide the activities for the children.
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