Ice storm heroics
Another ice storm; whether it rivaled the 1998 storm will be debated in the days to come. I was sitting in the dark Friday night with a flashlight, book and scanner. Without a scanner you don't realize everyone working during a storm. I want to extend a big thank you to the fire, rescue, public works and police employees.
The Fire Department was checking on all the neighborhoods and the elderly residences. A truck came around my neighborhood checking on everyone. A young fireman, I think his name was Ben, came to the door to let us know about the shelter and asked if we needed anything. He said if we needed anything to please call 911. The rescue was responding to calls. Public works was working on the roads and assisting with setting up the shelter. The police were busy with car accidents and doing welfare checks. They all worked like well-oiled machines. The fire chief in Cumberland ran his department with calm, steady, reassuring confidence.
A big acknowledgement also to the volunteers who cooked food at the Cumberland West Station for the Cumberland crew. Remember also, that all but a handful of the fire and rescue are volunteers. A big round of applause for everyone of them — they are very dedicated men and women.