Cuyahoga Falls -- The annual event to celebrate first responders will happen at a different day and time of day than past years' programs.
Falls Downtown Fridays' First Responders Appreciation Night will take place on June 30 from 5-11 p.m. at Falls River Square. First Responder Appreciation Night is a night to honor the safety services and will include an awards ceremony to recognize area safety forces who have gone "above and beyond the call of duty," according to a city news release.
The event will be headlined by local country band and area favorite Buck Naked Band from 8-11 p.m. Local comedian Mike Conley will open.
"First Responders Appreciation Night is an opportunity for all of us to come together as a community to show our gratitude and support for our safety forces who put their lives on the line every day to selflessly serve us by keeping us safe from harm," stated Mayor Don Walters. "We are proud to partner with Victim Assistance Program for this event and are thankful for the invaluable services that they provide to support our residents in times of crisis."
All proceeds from the sale of the alcohol will be donated to the Victim Assistance Program. For more information on how they can help, visit http://www.victimassistanceprogram.org/.
"We are incredibly grateful to be included as participants in this event and look forward to reaching out to the community to highlight the services we provide to Cuyahoga Falls and around Summit County," said Victim Assistance Program Executive Director Leann Graham. "We cannot thank our first responders enough for the support that they continue to provide to victims and we are proud of the partnership that we have developed over the years with them. Our First Responders work with us to provide essential immediate services to victims, whether through their own actions upon response or through our Victim Advocates."
During the event, the Metro SWAT Team will be recognized for their efforts this year. The Metro SWAT Team is made up of 18 participating agencies in Summit and Portage counties. The Metro SWAT Team has responded to approximately seven high-risk operations in 2017. This included a hostage situation in Kent on Feb. 19 in which the team responded and successfully rescued the hostage, according to a city news release.
The event will feature Touch-A- Truck so that families can interact with police and fire vehicles.
It will have local food, beverage, and retail vendors. Various cornhole boards will be on site for those who want to play. There will also be an interactive play area for kids.
This event is part of a series presented by the city of Cuyahoga Falls, Western Reserve Hospital and Cascade Auto Group.
For more information, contact Kelli Crawford-Smith at 330-971-8140 or Crawford-Smith@cityofcf.com.