To the Editor:
I am a Newtown native who has never written a letter to an editor. However, I feel the need to address an issue that I find disturbing.
Newtown is a town with five districts, all united. Each district has its own fire company. Newtown Hook & Ladder No. 1, United Fire Co. of Botsford, Dodgingtown, Hawleyville, and Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue. The town also has one of the finest volunteer ambulance services available anywhere. Even though the names and location is different, all respond to calls helping each other.
I come from a family of decades — 100 years or more of volunteer service to one of Newtown’s fire companies — Newtown Hook and Ladder. From my grandfather, the late Fred G. Mayer, father, the late George N. Mayer, and numerous relatives serving presently and retired. All I ever noticed was devotion and unity between the department and its membership.
Here is what I don’t understand. On the day of 12/14, my TV was on and I saw so many of these volunteers as first responders, each in gear of their district department, including Newtown ambulance, each department untied.
Where was the unity when a beautiful plaque and stars memorial was dedicated? Where was the unity when NASCAR brought a car to be racing in Daytona?
I believe in giving credit where credit is due, and it should be given to all involved. Everyone went above and beyond on that day and all deserve equal recognition.
Please consider this as being an act of kindness and gratitude. I think Charlotte would agree.
182 Julia Court, Sandy Hook March 4, 2013