To the Rescue

Jan 09, 2019

To the Editor:

On Dec. 6 at 3:15 a.m., our house was filling with smoke. From our neighbors to our local fire, police, ambulance and public works departments to our county and state communities, we cannot thank them all enough! Whatever is going on in our country, whatever divides we may have, we watched a group of normal everyday people come to the rescue with kindness and professionalism that cannot be expressed with words.

When we ran out the back door that morning we did not think our house would be standing by daybreak, but it was. How can we express the common decency that moved a dining room table with Christmas balls on it and not one break? Waking up to getting dressed, scraping windows of their vehicles, getting to the firehouse and dressing again, racing to our home in 26-degree weather and then the backbreaking job those volunteers did that night for me and my family was astonishing.

These men and women risk their lives for us each time the whistle blows. Again, thank you is not enough. To the following great group of people – Tuckerton Fire Co., police and public works, West Tuckerton Fire Co. and Ladies Auxiliary, Mystic Island Fire Co., Little Egg Harbor police, Eagleswood Fire Co., Parkerton Fire Co., New Gretna Fire Co., Stafford  Fire Co., Barnegat Fire Co., Waretown Fire Co., Forked River Fire Co., Bayville Fire Co., Lanoka Harbor Fire Co., Quality Medical, Great Bay Regional EMS, Stafford First Aid Squad, Ocean County sheriff and zone coordinator, Division of Fire Safety, Ocean County fire marshal, Tuckerton Wawa, our wonderful neighbors, Tuckerton/Little Egg Harbor Facebook friends and the countless other people we have not mentioned ... a heartfelt well-done!

Phyllis de Blois


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