Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release
  Date Tuesday, July 31, 2007
  Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
  Phone (951) 826-5147

“Neighborhood Leaders to National Heroes” this Saturday
Col. Danny McKnight of ‘Black Hawk Down’ fame to speak at Airport event Aug. 4

Riverside, Ca- The Riverside Police Department and Riverside Municipal Airport are inviting the community to an all-day celebration of neighborhoods and all those whose work to maintain peace and order, at home and around the world.

“Neighborhood Leaders to National Heroes” is celebration of all those whose vigilance helps protect our safety – from the neighborhood watch volunteers to the police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state patrol and federal agents working where we live, and to the military services who serve to protect us around the world.

This colorful public celebration will be held at the Riverside Municipal Airport, 6951 Flight Road, off Arlington Avenue, on Saturday, August 4, 2007, from 9 am to 5 pm. Following opening ceremonies at 10 a.m., featured guest speaker, retired U.S. Army Col. Danny McKnight, whose exploits were the basis for the book and movie, “Black Hawk Down”, will speak from 11 a.m. to noon in the shaded speaker’s tent.

Displays include law enforcement, military, fire suppression and civilian service helicopters and airplanes, the RPD bomb squad truck, U.S. Coast Guard vessels, one of the U.S. Secret Service presidential limousines and a special kids activity center. Special teams demonstrations will be given by Canine (K9) officers at 1 p.m. and by the U.S. Forest Service at 2 p.m. The Phat Cat Swing Band will provide noontime entertainment.

Riverside’s celebration will be the “kickoff“ to several days of neighborhood-based events held in conjunction with or in support of the National Association of Town Watch’s National Night Out Against Crime – a nationwide public awareness and neighborhood organizing event, held this year on Tuesday, August 7, 2007.

For more direct information, contact Officer Chris Carnahan, Riverside Police Department Community Services Group, at (951) 353-7687.