Plymouth gathers for Night to Unite

Children were eager to pet Willie and Cisco, the four-legged members of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department’s mounted patrol unit, during the Night to Unite event at the Plymouth Creek Center.  (Sun Sailor staff photos by Kristen Miller)  The Plymouth Public Safety booth offered information and fun novelties for children, including badges and police car magnets.  Before neighborhoods gathered for Night to Unite Aug. 1, the City of Plymouth hosted a kick-off event at the Plymouth Creek Center, offering a variety of things to see and do. Before neighborhoods gathered for Night to Unite Aug. 1, the City of Plymouth hosted a kick-off event at the Plymouth Creek Center, offering a variety of things to see and do.  Plymouth firefighter Dan Schnuettgen assists Ryan Nowiki, 6, of Plymouth, at one of the main attractions of the Night to Unite kick-off event Aug. 1. Like father, like son. Two-year-old Andrew Flores takes the driver’s seat of a Plymouth fire truck. Not pictured is his father and firefighter, Sergio Flores, who is securing his son’s safety from the inside the cab. Gearing up for duty are Plymouth’s next generation of firefighters. Samantha Reynolds, 11, of Plymouth, takes a shot and hits the bullseye, plunging this volunteer and Plymouth Police Explorer Travis Groth, into the water.
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Children were eager to pet Willie and Cisco, the four-legged members of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department’s mounted patrol unit, during the Night to Unite event at the Plymouth Creek Center. (Sun Sailor staff photos by Kristen Miller)

Throughout Plymouth, residents from more than 160 neighborhoods gathered for Night to Unite block parties Aug. 1. Prior to the block parties, the city hosted a kickoff event at the Plymouth Creek Center, offering a variety of activities and booths for attendees of all ages. “Night to Unite brings people together and seems to bring out the best in everyone,” said Capt. Jeff Swaitkiewcz, who was happy to see a great turnout for the event. “People of all ages and walks of life stopped by to have fun and visit with us, our county, state and EMS partners.” After the event, Plymouth police and fire crew went out into the community in the evening, visiting the block parties. “They reported record attendance and said they could feel pride and energy throughout the city,” Swaitkiewcz said.