BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A 17-year-old was wounded by gunfire on Shirley Street Tuesday, hours before residents took to the streets to reclaim their neighborhoods during National Night Out Against Crime.
Tuesday night, a man who worked to organize a neighborhood, putting in many hours to do so, was honored for his part in reducing crime. Mayor Byron Brown was on hand as a commemorative sign bearing David Spinda's name was unveiled. David served as president of the United Streets club for more than 20 years.
His widow, Donna Spinda, said, "We need more people to get involved. We have a very safe neighborhood here. And it's largely because of him and his efforts. And the block club's efforts."
It's that kind of community activism authorities believe can prevent crime.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said, "It's very important we get the people out to show they stand together and they stand against the criminal element and basically they want to take back their neighborhoods."
And that's what National Night Out is all about: neighborhoods getting together outside, getting to know each other, trust each other, and take a collective stand against violence. It's been a violent year in buffalo and some crimes remain unsolved because not enough people come forward with information.
Mayor Brown said, "We have had some instances where we have not had as much information as we would normally have and we would like to have."
But another goal of the national movement is to make communities more comfortable with those in uniform.
Kristin Wawrzeniec said, "They've been very approachable, which is great for the boys to see. And the police officers are real people you see every day. It's great."
National Night Out has been taking place in communities across the country since 1984. Last year, 37 million people across the country took part.
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