A little rain and wind won’t keep local children from enjoying some free fishing.
After a thunderstorm forced the postponement of the 23rd Annual David Dickson Memorial Fishing Friday on its original June 21 date, the Greenville Police Department announced the popular Summer of Safety event is now scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon Friday, Aug. 2, 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.
David 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 filled for seven years prior to his being named Crime Prevention Officer.
The storm on the night of June 19 caused significant damage to much of Greenville, including Graham Park. The police department later hosted a free hot dog lunch for all those affected by the storm.