The 200 people who came out for the first annual Hero's Night Out Oct. 16 helped Middletown police officers and firefighters raise nearly $400 for charity.

With donations still coming in, the first annual Hero's Night Out in Middletown is expected to raise about $400.

About 200 people came out Oct. 16 to support the Middletown Police Department and the Middletown Volunteer Fire Company, said Tracey Skrobot, program director for Middletown Main Street.

All of the money raised that night will be split between the two organizations and donated to charities chosen by members.

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."

The event, which was sponsored by Middletown Main Street, also gave local heroes a chance to meet one another

"We wanted everyone to come out and see the firefighters and police officers, so everyone can see who they are," Skrobot said.

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.

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.