The Ince family, who live in Highland Summit, tapped into their super sleuthing skills and found the golden medallion during the treasure hunt as part of Hermiston’s National Night Out festivities.
As winners, the Inces — Kevin, Melissa, Keaton, 13, Kailey, 12, Dallaz, 7, and Jackson, 6 — hosted a neighborhood block party with police personnel and city officials serving ice cream Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Highland Summit Park.
Corporal Tim Miears hid the medallion under a displaced brick in the area around the “Welcome to Hermiston” sign located on West Highland Avenue. In their first year of participating in the treasure hunt, the Inces got excited about searching after reading discussions on a neighborhood Facebook page. They successfully deciphered the clues — including references to Rod Hardin, an at-large Hermiston city councilor who retired several years ago after 38 years of service at the Hermiston Christian Center & School — to find the medallion.
National Night Out encourages people to get out to meet their neighbors. The initiative’s mission is to help promote police-community partnerships to help in reducing crime.