Monroe County residents are being invited to meet area heroes during this year’s National Night Out Tuesday, August 5 in Tomah’s Winnebago Park. Coordinated by the Tomah Memorial Hospital Community Outreach Department, area police, fire and rescue and EMS personnel will be on hand from 4 to 8 p.m. to show the public how to stay safe. Sparta Police Chief Mike Kass says the event is a great way to enhance the working relationship with the public.

“I think that anyone who chooses the path to help others, you know, especially first responders, are heroes to the community. They’re community heroes, we don’t think of them as superheroes, like Batman or Robin,” said Kass. “But they are, they are heroes to their communities, they are out there doing what most people wouldn’t do and they try to do it with a smile on their face and to look out after the communities.”

Children and adults can take part in this year’s theme by dressing as their favorite super hero for a chance to win a three night stay at JellyStone Park Camp / Resort in Warrens. There is no charge for the event which includes a number of health and safety related demonstrations plus hands-on exhibits. Children three to 15 years old can also learn safety lessons for riding a bicycle during the Tomah Police Department “Bike Safety Expo” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Food and refreshment sales will be also be available. Officials remind those planning to attend to use the Tomah High School parking lot, located directly across from Winnebago Park.