National Night Out promotes community safety with Monroe County’s finest teams

MCSO’s bomb squad demonstration from Sgt. Tom Hill lined up a host of tactical gear.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office hangar at Marathon International Airport was packed full on Aug. 2 as MCSO co-hosted National Night Out, one of four simultaneous events throughout the Keys. In addition to its usual Trauma Star helicopter occupants, the hangar was filled with demonstration teams from FWC, sheriff’s office special operations units, Florida Highway Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, Key Colony Beach police, fire rescue crews, and many more military, law enforcement and community partners. The annual event is aimed at bringing communities together in an effort to foster conversations about how to make local neighborhoods cleaner, safer and more secure.

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Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.