MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Communities across the midstate gathered Tuesday night in celebration of "National Night Out". The 30th annual event is dedicated to drug prevention, police-community partnerships and anti-crime programs.
In Macon, Sergeant Wanda Ammons with the Macon Police Department partied and patrolled at the block party on Kitchens Road.
"I'm just enjoying the kids and being in their company," Ammons said.
Demarcus Moon with the Macon-Bibb Fire Department stopped by the Frank Johnson Recreation Center to play a little basketball one-on-one with the kids in the community.
"If you got a dream, strive for it, you can achieve it," Moon said to the kids, "I'm just being real, this is not made up, if you have a dream, you can achieve it."
After talking to Moon and other firefighters, 8-year-old Ja'mia Jones-Jackson learned two important things:
"They help people put out fires," she said, "and they're good people."
The Macon Police Department, the Bibb County Sheriff's Office and the Macon-Bibb Fire Department hosted more than a dozen block parties across the area from 6-9 p.m. at various locations:
1715 Kitchens Road
Lakeside Hills at Ashlin Avenue off McCall Road
Shirley Hills-Waverland at Peyton Place
Rosa Jackson Center at 1211 Maynard
LaTanya Village/Rockland Apartments at 2295 Recreation Road
Fort Hill Concerned Citizens, Willie Billue Community Center at 1103 Eastview Avenue
Belvedere Manor at 3003 Truitt Place
Tindall Heights at 985 Plant Street at 5 p.m.
Lynmore Estates at Southside Baptist Church at 4162 Roy Street
Memorial Gym at 763 Long Street
Pendleton Homes at 3401 Houston Avenue
Tatnall Heights, Beall's Hill/In-Town Hueguenin Heights
Bellevue Concerned Citzens, New Pilgrim Baptist Church at 4338 Robinson Road
Freedom Park at 3301 Roff Road
Ingleside Manor Clubhouse at 478 Monroe Street and Roff Avenue
Greenbriar at Riley School
Bartlett Crossing at 3027 Bonneville Drive
Cherokee Heights at Lizze Chapel Church at 1180 Bartlett Street
1956 Northbrook Drive
Frank Johnson Gym in Unionville at 2227 Mercer University Drive
Bershire/McEvoy/Canterbury at the corner of Berkshire and Winston Drive
Bloomfield Estates at Bloomfield Methodist Church at 5511 Bloomfield Road
Bloomfield Gym at 4115 Lions Place
721 Key Court
Parkview Apartments at 4150 Lions Place
3544 Travis Boulevard
Summerhill at Evers/Atwood (S.E.A) at 4300 Summerhill Drive
Lake Wildwood Clubhouse from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Nowell Estates, at the dead end of Amanda Drive