Letter: Emergency Responders Deserve Appreciation for Hurricane Efforts

Resident hopes for special day named in honor of efforts.

Letter to the editor as submitted by Eric Hafner, Cove Point Rd, Toms River.

Dear Editor,

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.

Suzanne November 08, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Hip hip Horray! Thank you!!!
john derigo November 08, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I do respect first responders and the work they do. A bigger thanks should go to the hundreds of volunteers that have sacraficed thier jobs and have lost wages. Remember that the cops are doing their jobs and are getting paid VERY WELL.
Ernest Farley November 08, 2012 at 02:00 AM
It should be noted that many, many of the Police and Volunteer FireFighter and EMS personnel lost homes, cars and property during the storm, yet remained at their posts to protect the citizens. Silverton Fire Company and Silverton First Aid Squad members lost over thirty homes...true selfless hero's. A day in their honor would be nice, but we must also all remember these times and their dedication when we get the donation request letters in the mail next year for the Squads and Fire Companies. Only through the support of the citizens can the continue to provide services to the town.
charlotte November 08, 2012 at 10:41 AM
The first responders have done outstanding work - our respect and appreciation to their dedication and professionalism.
lisa February 17, 2013 at 01:43 AM
I personally Agree with the First Responders Day to all! After all I was stupid enough to stay from the advice of my landlord with two children and they came to rescue us with a kayak! The firechief took me to my sisters house and ensured our safety!


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