One of the most popular attractions at the Bedford Police Department’s National Night Out festival on Tuesday was the dunk tank.
Sgt. Marc Lavine sat on a collapsible chair perched above a tank of water for the entire event, dressed in his uniform, sans his shoes, socks and police hardware. He encouraged each child who threw balls at the target that would trigger the release and submerged him. He was dunked many times. And there were times when he told his fellow officers to hit the release and send him into the water, much to the delight of the children.
The dunk tank was Lavine’s idea, one of many features at Bedford’s version of National Night Out.
The event “enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community,” according to its national sponsor.