WELLINGTON — With just enough time in between the frequent showers Tuesday, dozens of residents danced along to “My Town” by Michael Stanley Band for the Wellington police lip-sync challenge.
Wellington police invited residents to show their support at National Night Out to help in the filming of their lip-sync challenge. National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer. The residents also were joined by Wellington Fire Department and EMS as well as village officials.
Wellington police Lt. Jeff Shelton said the decision came from the pressure from residents for them to join in the viral fad, and because of that they wanted to involve the residents as well. They even reached out to the community through Facebook to get suggestions of what songs to play.
“It’s just something good to get the public involved in and just to see how they’d react to it because it is kind of funny that they see us in a different light,” he said.
Christen Lewis and Brianne Fullen, coaches for the Wellington Youth Cheerleaders, were practicing near the village square when organizers asked if they wanted to join.
“I think it was really nice they involved everyone and wanted to get everyone’s opinion when they chose their song,” Fullen said.
Night Out also had activities for children to see the vehicles with the Wellington Fire and EMS, a DJ and free hot dogs served by the Fire Department. In addition, residents could interact and meet their village police officers and firefighters face-to-face and connect with them on a personal level.
“The importance of this is to show the public that we’re human just like they are,” Shelton said.
The police didn’t participate in the Tuesday dance event so they could film themselves later and edit the footage from residents and officers for the complete video, which will be shared on Facebook.