Military, first responders treated to free ride through Bright Nights

Hampden County
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Military members, first responders, and their families were treated to a free ride through Bright Nights in Forest Park Wednesday night. 

Bright Nights Visitors were greeted by Barnes Air National Guard Base’s wing commander, and the Springfield fire and police commissioners. 

The entrance was lined with American Flags, and students held signs thanking visitors for their service. 

“This is the Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management and Spirit of Springfield’s way to say thank you,” said Judy Matt, Spirit of Springfield President.

Bright Nights holds Public Safety night every year, but this was the first time for one first responder.

“I have been to Bright Nights in the past, but I have not been as a first responder in the past,” said Michael Luginbuhl, Agawam first responder. “We try and help out the best we can, and get everything out of the way as fast as possible.”

Kids who came Wednesday night also received a ticket for a free ride in Santa’s magical forest. 

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