Camden Herald Editorial and History Photo, Sept. 7

Sep 07, 2017
Courtesy of: Walsh History Center, Camden Public Library ELM STREET SCHOOL, 1880 -- Student Nettie Augusta Higgins, far right, with her class at Elm Street School, April 12, 1880.

Way to step up, Rockport!

First to deserve appreciation are our Rockport firefighters who have volunteered to go to Rockport, Texas, to help in the cleanup effort after the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.

Also on the list are Rockport's selectmen and leadership for helping make this happen, and particularly our State Rep., selectman and perhaps worth mentioning, former Marine Owen Casas for volunteering to go with the firefighters.

It also is no small matter that the community has stepped up in supporting this effort, raising more than the $15,000 fundraising goal in six days through the Gofundme site.

We look forward to bringing readers more stories on this as the firefighters journey to Texas and provide help in the massive cleanup and recovery effort there.

9/11: Never forget

At about 8:45 a.m. on the sunny Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001, our perception of the world and our place in it changed as a commercial airliner controlled by hijackers crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

By 10:30 a.m., both towers had collapsed, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. had been struck by another hijacked plane and yet another had crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa.

Nearly 3,000 were killed that morning; 2,753 in New York City; 184 in Washington, D.C.; 40 in Pennsylvania.

It was the beginning of a new era, one that would bring war, fear and divisive political debate, but it was also an event that reminded us that there are heroes in our communities.

Of the people killed in the attacks, 343 were New York City Firefighters, 23 were city police officers and 37 were Port Authority officers.

That fall, American flags appeared on houses lining streets all over the nation, a display you might previously have associated with July 4 celebrations. People volunteered to help in the clean-up effort.

It was not unlike the inspiring images we have seen in the past week of people helping rescue those in need in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's flood waters.

Each year, the Rockland Professional Firefighters, local 1584, hold a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at the Rockland Fire Station on Park Street.

"We will pay tribute to all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and proudly recognize the brave men and women who protect and serve our community every-day," states the announcement from Fire Chief Chris Whytock.

The event will be held this year at 9 a.m. For information or directions, call 207-594-0318.

We appreciate the effort of our neighboring firefighters to honor the memory of 9/11. We also recognize that our local police, paramedics and firefighters have signed up to put themselves in harm's way to protect and serve the people of our communities, and they deserve appreciation for that.

We heal and move on, but never forget the lessons of 9/11.

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