Every year, the Trenton New Jersey Police Department hosts a “National Night Out” to promote lasting bonds between local officials and community members.
The event spans across several neighborhood locations, such as parks and pools, and offers a variety of family-friendly activities.
On Tuesday, the main event was something you don't see everyday. All eyes were on a local EMT when he bust a move on the dance floor to put a smile on a child’s face.
At Columbus Park on Hamilton Avenue, one of the event locations, a young girl asked EMT Anthony Dell’Aquila to dance with her. Dell’Aquila didn’t turn down the offer, but said he would only let loose if the DJ played hip hop artist Silento’s hit song Watch Me (Whip/ Nae Nae).
Sure enough, the song came on a few moments later and he started showing off his dance moves.
Audette attended the event as well and was there to capture his dance on camera. She said this wasn’t the first time Anthony went out of his way for his community.
“He’s definitely an outgoing guy,” Kelly Audette, Dell’Aquila’s EMT partner, said. “He is also a volunteer firefighter and loves community relations. Anytime we have calls for kids, they just love him because he’s really just a big kid himself."
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In addition to dancing, local officers had other opportunities to engage with the community, including face painting, block parties, bounce houses and basketball and football games. Audette noted, “Our police are awesome with the community, especially with the kids.”
“We really just love what we do,” Audette said. “It was nice to finally get to interact with the community for more positive reasons than we usually see them for.”