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Thunderbolt Neighborhood Watch Holds Fundraiser To Benefit Public Safety

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Thunderbolt, GA - A local neighborhood watch is doing more than just watching out for the bad guys.  The group is also making sure the Thunderbolt police and fire department aren't hurting for any extra equipment.

Back in 2010, the Thunderbolt Neighborhood Watch President, Wendy Hall, said they bought tasers for every police officer. Hall said sometimes budgets don't leave any wiggle room for extra public safety items so they collect money in case there is a need.

"We really are the eyes and ears for the police department because they can't be everywhere,” said Hall.

Hall said their small town looks out for each other.

"I encourage people to be sort of nosy neighbors. We learn the patterns of our neighbors, so if we know they are always gone during the day and we see a truck in their driveway, and know wait a minute that's not right, we then call the police,” said Hall.

Hall said the relationship the neighbors have with the police and fire department is strong. The money raised during the street bazaar held Saturday will go right back into keeping the community safe.

"Right now with a lot of budget constraints you know that they sometimes need equipment that there might not be money for,” said Hall.

The Thunderbolt Police Chief, Bob Merriman, said he appreciates the extra support.

"They do give us tips from time to time and more than that they support us in a function throughout the community,” said Chief Merriman.

The chief said his department is up to date with the tools they need so this money could be used to help purchase a new engine for the fire department next year.

Hall said raising money for public safety is a win-win situation.

"You know if my house was burning down, I want them to have whatever they need so they can put the fire out and help me out,” said Hall

Saturday’s fundraiser hoped to bring in $500.

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