The first annual Hero's Night Out was held in Middletown Oct. 16 to recognize and thank local police officers and firefighters and to help them raise money for charity.
Sponsored by Middletown Main Street and local downtown merchants, the event was also a way for the local heroes to meet one another.
"We wanted everyone to come out and see the firefighters and police officers, so everyone can see who they are," said Tracy Skrobot, program director for Middletown Main Street.
Fire trucks and police cars were set up in the municipal parking lot on Main Street for residents to see and explore.
Local merchants agreed to donate 10 percent of proceeds from the night to local charities chosen by each department.
Chief Frank Bailey of the Middletown Fire Company said that they chose to donate their money to the Delaware Burn Foundation.
"We do everything we can to raise money," he said. "It raises money to do things for kids with burns."
The Middletown Police Department picked the A.I. DuPont Child Oncology Center, said Sgt. Christine Brenner.
"One of our department's member's daughters has been through treatment there," Tobin said. "She's in remission now and we thought it would be a good cause."
Local businesses that donated to these groups included 1861 Restaurant, Dogtown, Elana's Broad Street Florist, Femme Fatale, Immediato's Bistro, Istoria, Java House Café, Pat's Select, People First Insurance, Saving Grace Christian Bookstore, Sully's Irish Pub, and Fromage.