National Night Out Against Crime in Buffalo

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 11:13 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 11:13 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Dozens of Buffalo neighborhoods celebrated National Night Out Against Crime with large parades, picnics and block club parties.

In Riverside, The United Streets Block Club honored its founder and citizen crime-fighter David Spinda with a dedication ceremony.

A portion of Roesch Avenue was renamed David Spinda Way.

Spinda died of cancer three months ago.

"He devoted his life to crime-prevention," said his daughter-in-law Melissa Spinda, "Knowing if you want good things to happen in your neighborhood and you don't want bad things, you don't want crime, you have to stand up."

National Night Out is in its 28th year with more than 15,000 communities across the country celebrating.