Warriors of the North support crime and fire prevention during Grand Cities Community Celebration

Warriors of the North from the Grand Forks Air Force Base Fire Department and the 319th Security Forces Squadron K-9 section, showed they cared about keeping the local community safe by participating in the 2014 Grand Cities Community Celebration Sept. 15, 2014, at the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.The celebration was sponsored by the Grand Forks Police Department, the Grand Forks Sheriff's Department, and the cities of Grand Forks, N.D., and the East Grand Forks, Minn. The GCCC was held in place of the Red River neighboring towns' observance of National Night Out, which traditionally takes place the first Tuesday of August. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Warriors of the North from the Grand Forks Air Force Base Fire Department and the 319th Security Forces Squadron K-9 section, showed they cared about keeping the local community safe by participating in the 2014 Grand Cities Community Celebration Sept. 15, 2014, at the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota.The celebration was sponsored by the Grand Forks Police Department, the Grand Forks Sheriff's Department, and the cities of Grand Forks, N.D., and the East Grand Forks, Minn. The GCCC was held in place of the Red River neighboring towns' observance of National Night Out, which traditionally takes place the first Tuesday of August. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Staff Sgt. Stephen Hjerstedt helps a young guest properly put on a plastic Grand Forks AFB Grand Forks Junior Firefighters helmet during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, N.D. Hjersted was one of four members from the base fire department who enjoyed meeting, greeting and educating guests on how to keep their communities safe by learning about fire prevention.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Staff Sgt. Stephen Hjersted helps a young guest properly put on a plastic Grand Forks AFB Grand Forks Junior Firefighters helmet during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota. Hjersted was one of four members from the base fire department who enjoyed meeting, greeting and educating guests on how to keep their communities safe by learning about fire prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Grand Forks, N.D., resident Matthew Vasquez salutes a service member while posing for a photo with his father, David, and sister, Macy, after visiting the display put on by members of the Grand Forks Air Force Base Fire Department during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014 ,on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks. Residents such as the Vasquez family enjoyed meeting with the Warriors of the North.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Grand Forks, North Dakota, resident Matthew Vasquez salutes a service member while posing for a photo with his father, David, and sister, Macy, after visiting the display put on by members of the Grand Forks Air Force Base Fire Department during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014 ,on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks. Residents such as the Vasquez family enjoyed meeting with the Warriors of the North. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Air Force civilian fireman Justin Haskamp asks a young guest to identify as many fire hazards inside the small kitchen of the Kids Fire Safety House during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, N.D. The Kids Fire Safety House is used by the Grand Forks Air Force Base Fire Department to teach children fire prevention skills by hunting for home fire hazards and practicing fire escape drills.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Air Force civilian fireman Justin Haskamp asks a young guest to identify as many fire hazards inside the small kitchen of the Kids Fire Safety House during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Kids Fire Safety House is used by the Grand Forks Air Force Base Fire Department to teach children fire prevention skills by hunting for home fire hazards and practicing fire escape drills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Grand Forks residents, Izzy and Zoe Cwikla wave to their father, Dan, from the small balcony of the Kids Fire Safety House during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, N.D. The Kids Fire Safety House is used by the Grand Forks Air Force Base Fire Department to teach children fire prevention skills by hunting for home fire hazards and practicing fire escape drills.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Grand Forks residents, Izzy and Zoe Cwikla wave to their father, Dan, from the small balcony of the Kids Fire Safety House during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Kids Fire Safety House is used by the Grand Forks Air Force Base Fire Department to teach children fire prevention skills by hunting for home fire hazards and practicing fire escape drills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Grand Forks Air Force Base Fireman Airman 1st Class Cody Krissinger secures Rapid Incident Vehicle during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks. RIVs are lighter, smaller fire trucks used as a static display by the base fire department at community events such as the GCCC. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Grand Forks Air Force Base Fireman Airman 1st Class Cody Krissinger secures Rapid Incident Vehicle during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks. RIVs are lighter, smaller fire trucks used as a static display by the base fire department at community events such as the GCCC. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Arco, a military working dog from the 319th Security Forces Squadron his handler and partner Staff Sgt. Brett Silmon take down Staff Sgt. Sean King, who volunteered to be a simulated aggressor during a dog demonstration Sept. 15, 2014, at the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks. The NCOs and Arco were part of a 10-member team that participated in the free public event.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Arco, a military working dog from the 319th Security Forces Squadron his handler and partner Staff Sgt. Brett Silmon take down Staff Sgt. Sean King, who volunteered to be a simulated aggressor during a dog demonstration Sept. 15, 2014, at the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks. The NCOs and Arco were part of a 10-member team that participated in the free public event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Staff Sgt. Sean King helps fellow 319th Security Forces dog handler Staff Sgt. Brett Silmon prepare  to volunteer and be a non-compliant decoy during a dog demonstration Sept. 15, 2014, at the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks. The NCOs and Arco were part of a 10-member team from the 319th SFS that participated in the free public event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Staff Sgt. Sean King helps fellow 319th Security Forces dog handler Staff Sgt. Brett Silmon prepare to volunteer and be a non-compliant decoy during a dog demonstration Sept. 15, 2014, at the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks. The NCOs and Arco were part of a 10-member team from the 319th SFS that participated in the free public event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Dozens of guests gather to observe a military working dog demonstration during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, N.D. The MWD demo by the 319th Security Force Squadron was one of the main live attractions enjoyed by guests attending the free event designed to unify the Grand Forks area communities to speak out against crime. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

Dozens of guests gather to observe a military working dog demonstration during the Grand Cities Community Celebration, Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, N.D. The MWD demo by the 319th Security Force Squadron was one of the main live attractions enjoyed by guests attending the free event designed to unify the Grand Forks area communities to speak out against crime. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

319th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Arco executed his handlers command and launches into attack mode by going for the right arm of Airman 1st Class Sarah Yandell, who volunteered to be a simulated aggressor during a dog demonstration Sept. 15, 2014, at the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, N.D. The Airmen used MWDs Arco and Zero for the demo.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)
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319th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog Arco executed his handlers command and launches into attack mode by going for the right arm of Airman 1st Class Sarah Yandell, who volunteered to be a simulated aggressor during a dog demonstration Sept. 15, 2014, at the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Airmen used MWDs Arco and Zero for the demo.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)

The Grand Cities Community Celebration is similar the National Night Out because it provides communities of the Greater Grand Forks Area the opportunity to come together and speak out in one unified voice against crime by promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The first GCCC took place Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, N.D. (Graphic by Luis Loza Gutierrez)
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The Grand Cities Community Celebration is similar the National Night Out because it provides communities of the Greater Grand Forks Area the opportunity to come together and speak out in one unified voice against crime by promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The first GCCC took place Sept. 15, 2014, on the grounds of the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena in downtown Grand Forks, N.D. (Graphic by Luis Loza Gutierrez)

GRAND FORKS N.D.-- -- Warriors of the North showed they cared about keeping the local community safe by participating in the 2014 Grand Cities Community Celebration Sept. 15 at the Cliff Fido Purpur Arena here.

The celebration was sponsored by the Grand Forks Police Department, the Grand Forks Sheriff's Department, and the cities of Grand Forks, N.D., and the East Grand Forks, Minn.

The GCCC was held in place of the Red River neighboring towns' observance of National Night Out, which traditionally takes place the first Tuesday of August.

"The Grand Cities Community Celebration is just like National Night Out because it provides our communities the opportunity to come together and speak out in one unified voice against crime by promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie," said Grand Forks Police Department Cpl. LaVonne Nelson, GCCC event coordinator. "The biggest difference is that we tailored the event to provide a greater focus on school-age children and teens."

Speaking of children, dozens of the young guests enjoyed watching a Military Working Dog demonstration by the K-9 section of the 319th Security Force Squadron.

"I was told many of the kids watching shouted phrases like, 'Whoa, that was cool,'" said Staff Sgt. Brett Silmon, one of the six 319th SFS dog handlers participation in the event.

Nelson expressed strong appreciation for the K-9 section and the stars of their demonstration, Military Working Dogs Arco and Zero, but the Defenders from the 319th SFS weren't the only Warriors of the North participating in the event; Grand Forks AFB's bravest were there too.

Four members from the base fire department promoted neighborhood camaraderie and public safety by passing out goodies such as refrigerator magnets, pamphlets and stickers at the free public event.

A Rapid Incident Vehicle (a smaller, lighter fire truck) was used to transport the Children's Fire Safety House, which is designed to raise awareness for fire prevention and safety by allowing guests to hunt for fire hazards in the house and practice fire escapes.

Dozens of children could be seen wearing their shiny red junior firemen hats among the dozens of booths and static displays set up by participating organization such as the University of North Dakota, U.S. Customs and Border Protection which flew in a helicopter and other community agencies such as Girl Scouts, Public Health and Head Start.

Throughout the event guests could be seen shaking the hands and heard saying thanks to those who protect and serve their respective communities.

Guests such as Grand Forks resident David Vasquez, who took his young daughter and son to the GCCC.

"I've been bringing my kids to events like this one for about five years now," said Vasquez. "I really appreciate it as a parent because it lets me know the military, the police, the schools and all these other organizations care about keeping the place where we live safe. I think more families need to come out to events like this because these are the experts and all of us especially our children can learn better ways to keep our communities safe from fires and crimes."