A Big Thanks To All Who Helped In Fire
To The Editor:
Over a decade ago, I was blessed to see our fire dept. fight another major fire when National Park Village North was destroyed. As a member of the local Red Cross Disaster Team I saw their effectiveness many times, saving so much. This time I was ‘stuck’ only being able to follow their progress via my scanner. If it were in my means I would pay every single firefighter, auxiliary units etc. When they are ‘working’ a fire I realized there is much that goes on that I would never think of. EPA had to be called, but they scrambled to get hay bales to catch what could have been toxic water and ash. They had to get the gas cut off as a pipe ran under the mall. The fire station had to remain manned and as it turned out, who ever was ‘standing by’ had to check out a grass fire, then later that night a dumpster fire. I heard many familiar voices still there after 24 hours. Members of the police dept. had to stand guard around the perimeter in the rain and snow. Masks had to be handed out to those who were around the perimeter due to the heavy smoke.
My girls and I went by Thurs. afternoon to ‘mourn’ a building that had many memories for us. I can’t even remember how many items I bought from the music shop. Their friends parents who owned stores there. 20+ years of memories for them, a lifetime for me.
I hope it will be possible for the town to find a way to have a HUGE, community wide dinner or or some kind of celebration with all the firefighters, police officers, auxiliary units and other volunteers.the honorees. I know many other business owners are reaching out to those affected, and that some restaurants provided food for everyone working the fire. Some of my children were hurt by the ‘gossipy’ side of small town life, but the rest of them see Estes as I do. The GOOD side, the wonderfully kind people. The help so many offer in times like this. Thanks Estes, for appreciating all those involved in the fight of this fire, and for reaching out to the business owners. My help is now limited to prayers, but there is no doubt God was on ‘our’ side this week. and I know prayers do help. May each of those who suffered fatigue, smoke or anything this past week be blessed in a special way. THANKS TO ALL who helped.
Cathie Byrne (Burton)