Inspecting the catch

Jayden Finch and Jeremy Gurley inspected one of their catches during the 2018 David Dickson Memorial Fishing Friday. This year’s event is scheduled Friday morning at Graham Park.

Hundreds of children are expected to take on the task of catching fish this week, during the 23rd Annual David Dickson Memorial Fishing Friday.

The free event, part of the Greenville Police Department Summer of Safety program, is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon Friday at Graham Park in Greenville.

The banks of the Graham Park “lake” will be lined with children from across the area. They will be fishing alongside an assortment of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, soldiers and elected officials who are typically on hand.

The Greenville Police Department will provide fishing equipment and a hot dog lunch. Emergency response vehicles will be on display and members of the Hunt County Sheriff’s Posse are also expected to be on hand.

Volunteers from the Greenville Police Department Citizens Police Academy Alumni organization will be around to help the children bait their hooks and untangle their lines.

Dickson was named as the Greenville Police Department’s Crime Prevention Officer shortly before he passed away in June 2005.

Dickson was also the chief of the Commerce Emergency Corps and a member of the agency’s dive team and had served as Greenville’s only Litter Abatement Officer, a position he had filled for seven years prior to his being named Crime Prevention Officer.

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