News 12 at 11 /Friday, July 4, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Lyntonia Ortiz is celebrating the Fourth Of July with her two boys in Downtown Augusta for the first time.
"The fireworks. That's what I'm really here for is the fireworks," she said.
Her youngest son Justin is happy with games until the show starts and Ortiz feels safe about waiting for the bright lights for one reason .
"The police officers. They are wonderful. They have been patrolling the area making sure everybody is comfortable," Ortiz told News 12.
"We are expecting a crowd of about 10,000 people. So, it's certainly going to be very busy downtown," said a Lt. Lewis Blanchard.
The Richmond County Sheriff's office has 100 deputies patrolling for the holiday and 40 alone are downtown.
"We are going to have a lot of deputies out there on walking beats. We should have deputies out in every block," he told News 12.
Lt. Blanchard says cops from all over the area came in for the weekend to help make sure everyone has a good time, but stays safe too.
"If you notice something that is suspicious or anything like that certainly make sure that you let us know," he also said you might not even recognize some officers. An undisclosed amount are in plain clothes and Ortiz says the extra man power is good not only for safety, but for directions too.
"I couldn't find any parking until the police officer told me where to go," she said
Help and safety is mostly what parents care about, but the kids are just focused on one thing and who are we kidding big kids like them too.
"The sounds, the color, the people screaming, and just excitement," Ortiz said is what she's looking forward to.
She believes having the extra police gives parents security and moms like her the chance for a fun time with their kids.
"Seeing my boys smiling, being happy, and comfortable," she said.
Lt. Blanchard tells News 12 Augusta will see the biggest presence of extra law enforcement, but some will stick around for the weekend.