When people in the community step forward to help others in their time of need, it is important to recognize them for their efforts. In that vein, I would like to recognize Michael Ouellet of Ouellet Associates for his help in the aftermath of the fire at 45 Maine St. Mike spent his Sunday afternoon in the bucket of one of the ladder trucks assisting the crews from H.C. Crooker & Sons with the safe demolition of the building. Mike’s building expertise was invaluable in ensuring that the remains fell inward and not onto the adjacent structure on Mason Street or spill onto U.S. Route 1. On Tuesday, Mike returned again to assist with the fire investigation to determine that the areas which needed to be examined could be done so safely. When he decided that it was safe to remove some belongings from the section of the building where EZ AuctionNet had inventory, he even helped carry the products out. All of Mike’s time was volunteered.
I’d also like to thank the Midcoast Chapter of the American Red Cross and encourage the public to donate to it to help replenish its disaster assistance fund. By 4 a.m. Sunday we had 17 cold, wet displaced tenants in our police station lobby with no place to go. While the landlord said he could not do anything to help them, the Red Cross did not hesitate to step in and provide them with help.
Chief Richard J. Rizzo
Brunswick Police Department