Letter to the editor as submitted by Eric Hafner, Cove Point Rd, Toms River.
As a Homeland Security major at Ocean County College, I know how important a good emergency response is.
After seeing the local response to Hurricane Sandy, I'm pleased to know first hand that our emergency responders here in Toms River Township are effective, well-trained professionals who get the job done; no matter what the circumstance.
I would like to personally extend my appreciation to the Toms River Police Officers manning the Shelter Cove checkpoint on Bay Avenue. These fine officers did a great job securing the neighborhood and providing courteous, efficient service to myself and other local residents needing to access the area.
I would also like to call on the Township Council to declare a "Hurricane Sandy First Responder's Day" in Toms River to provide a proper thank you to all the professionals and volunteers who have spent many sleepless nights assisting in the on-going relief efforts.
This has been a storm that as a community, we will always remember. Once things are back to normal, we owe it to the first responders to give them a party they will never forget.