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A big 'Night Out' in Lakefront Park

Hudson Police Department intern Vincent Rudesill yells in pain while demonstrating the effect of being shocked by a Taser. Police Explorer Scout Jordan Kirchoff, left, and Patrol Officer Jeremy Johnson hold onto Rudesill as he received 50,000 volts of current for five seconds. “It’s not just pain compliance. Basically, your muscles seize up,” explained Patrol Officer John Worden, who led the demonstration.1 / 10
Hudson Police Department intern Vincent Rudesill, center, receives congratulations after enduring an electrical shock for five seconds in a demonstration of the effectiveness of Tasers. “It was awful. I don’t recommend it,” Rudesill said of being Tazed. He’s a UW-Platteville criminal justice student from Baldwin. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)2 / 10
The police department Taser demonstration attracted a sizable crowd.3 / 10
Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen grins after a swim in the dunk tank.4 / 10
Three-year-old Finn Kidwell shoots and scores. The basketball hoop from the St. Croix Valley Y was one of numerous activities set up for children at the National Night Out event in Lakefront Park on the evening of Aug. 5. Finn was taking in the fun with his mother, Katie (Zappa) Kidwell.5 / 10
Three-year-old Ambrose Sansone has his junior firefighter hat adjusted by his father Matt Sansone while exploring the emergency vehicles on display during National Night Out. Ambrose’s mother, Nikki, left, said her son loves fire trucks. She’s holding one-year-old Henry, likely a future truck-lover.6 / 10
Det. Sgt. Pete Schultz hands a tray of wieners to volunteer server Bert Dille. Schultz was the hot dog chef for the meal served by the police department. Free-will donations for the hot dogs and chips went to Halos of the St. Croix Valley, an organization that provides support to parents who have lost a child.7 / 10
Mckenna, Peyton and Dylan Schultz, from left, visit with Shy Ann the clown during the National Night Out event. The children’s parents are Brandon and Bri Schultz.8 / 10
Hudson Fire Chief Scott St. Martin takes in the National Night Out activities.9 / 10
St. Croix EMS Chief Kim Eby helps a girl step down from an ambulance after she has had a look inside the emergency vehicle.10 / 10

The Hudson Police Department organized a citywide event for National Night Out this year. And judging from the number of people who attended the activities in Lakefront Park the evening of Aug. 5, the new format was well-received.

Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen estimated the attendance at 300 to 350 people.

Jensen said Det. Traci Hall deserves the credit for coordinating the event.

“I can’t say enough about all the work she did to put this thing together. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with what she did to get this up and running,” the police chief said of Hall.

“I thought it went really well,” Jensen added. “The dunk tank was fun. Everybody that was there had fun dunking the officers and myself. I think they really got a treat out of the Taser demonstration and the canine demonstration.”

Jensen said the department collected about $1,100 from dunk tank sales and free-will donations for hot dogs and chips. The money will go to Halos of the St. Croix Valley, an organization that gives support to parents who have lost a child.

The Taser demonstration at 6:15 p.m. attracted the biggest crowd, with about 150 people watching police intern Vincent Rudesill get zapped for their entertainment and education.

The police dog demonstration at 7 p.m. also was popular, along with the hot dogs and chips. In addition, the police took children’s finger prints for identification cards and issued bicycle licenses.

The police department, St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department, St. Croix EMS and Hudson Fire Department had vehicles on display.

The St. Croix Valley Y, the Salvation Army, Turningpoint, the St. Croix County Victim/Witness Program, the U.S. Army, Target and Guardian Medical Consulting were among the other organizations and businesses that offered activities and information.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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