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PHOTOS: Paramus National Night Out Unites Police, Civilians

Tyler, 3, gets a ride from Paramus Police Officer Brian Linden with the department's motorcycle unit.
Tyler, 3, gets a ride from Paramus Police Officer Brian Linden with the department's motorcycle unit. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Sandy Onorato and a Paramus EMT strap Chelsea, 17, onto a stretcher. Don't worry, it was just for the photo-op.
Sandy Onorato and a Paramus EMT strap Chelsea, 17, onto a stretcher. Don't worry, it was just for the photo-op. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Gianna, 9, gets fitted for a police helmet at National Night Out in Paramus.
Gianna, 9, gets fitted for a police helmet at National Night Out in Paramus. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Paramus P.O. Shatkin and his K9, Fiona.
Paramus P.O. Shatkin and his K9, Fiona. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Paramus Police Officer Matt Lombardo shows youngsters the inside of his ride — a helicopter.
Paramus Police Officer Matt Lombardo shows youngsters the inside of his ride — a helicopter. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
U.S. Army soldiers with Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg, Mayor Rich LaBarbiera and Deputy Chief Rob Guidetti.
U.S. Army soldiers with Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg, Mayor Rich LaBarbiera and Deputy Chief Rob Guidetti. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Ready for take-off!
Ready for take-off! Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
A young volunteer distributes cotton candy.
A young volunteer distributes cotton candy. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Ethan, 5, gets to see the inside of a Paramus police car.
Ethan, 5, gets to see the inside of a Paramus police car. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Aadi, 6, gets the feel for a PPD motorcycle.
Aadi, 6, gets the feel for a PPD motorcycle. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg, Officer Matt Lombardo, Deputy Chief Rob Guidetti and Mayor Rich LaBarbiera.
Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg, Officer Matt Lombardo, Deputy Chief Rob Guidetti and Mayor Rich LaBarbiera. Photo Credit: Submit
The chopper.
The chopper. Photo Credit: Richard LaBarbiera

PARAMUS, N.J. — Dozens of spectators gathered on the green behind the Paramus Library as a U.S. Army Helicopter prepared for lift off Tuesday.

Navigating the aircraft was Paramus Police Officer Matt Lombardo, 27, who — along with three other soldiers — made a special stop in the borough for the community's National Night Out celebration.

Crowds watched as the helicopter hovered above the field, then zoomed across the sky and back to its home in Linkhurst.

It didn't take long, though, before youngsters were back to nibbling cotton candy in the back of police cruisers and dribbling basketballs with first responders.

Police Officer Brian Linden gave children rides on a mini bike with the department's motorcycle unit while first responders showed families the insides of fire trucks and ambulances.

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