SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Making communities safer together. That was the message Tuesday night at an annual community-building campaign.

National Night Out was held by police departments across the country Tuesday night, including in Scranton.

“I saw the helicopter,” said Ezio Curmaci

Ezio Curmaci was so excited to see all the different police equipment with his dad.

“You gotta build a relationship with the men in blue and our first responders, it’s super important,” stated Bill Curmaci.

That message was felt by everyone that attended Scranton’s National Night Out at Scranton High School Tuesday night.

“And I think it’s very important to understand that we also are citizens of this city, and we have invested interests to make sure that the city stays safe,” explained Chief Thomas Carroll, Scranton Police Department.

National Night Out began in 1981, in Montgomery County before growing nationwide.

Lieutenant Leonard Namiotka was honored Tuesday night for starting it in Scranton 20 years ago. It’s grown into a huge community event, where families can bond with first responders against crime.

“Where the community and law enforcement come together and we make a stand, it’s symbolic that together we’re not going to allow it to happen and we are gonna stop it from happening,” said Chief Thomas Carroll, Scranton Police Department.

Lackawanna County native and former NFL Quarterback Matt McGloin was having a blast with his wife and two sons.

“We’ve been in and out of the firetruck a few times, we’ve been walking around checking out everything that’s out here tonight it’s really fantastic,” said Matt McGloin of Clarks Summit.

Children enjoyed checking out the fire trucks and equipment. They could also get up close and personal with a Pennsylvania State Police Helicopter while meeting the Trooper who flies it.

“And it shows them that hey we’re all the same there’s nothing different,” said Pennsylvania State Trooper Keith Lear.

Scranton Police Officer Mike Perry stopped by with his two girls, Quinn, and Claire.

“We’re all in this together and that’s why it was important to us as a family to come out and attend this event with everyone else who attended,” said Mike Perry of Scranton.

Each got their fingerprints taken by officer Jill Foley and Chief Thomas Carroll said little moments like that are what this night is all about.

“This is where we talk about the community police bonding, where we stand up against crime. And we are happy to host all of the community here tonight,” said Chief Thomas Carroll, Scranton Police Department.

It was a decent turnout Tuesday night, with great weather for it too. There were also different demonstrations with police K9s and drones. As well as food cooked by the North Scranton Rotary Club.