When most people are running away from a dangerous situation, the brave men and women of our police and fire departments are running toward it.
I think of this adage in a huge way each September 11th, a day when hundreds of brave first responders made the ultimate sacrifice. And, we were reminded of it a week ago today when police and fire departments responded to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
Closer to home, and in just two days, we’ll memorialize the loss a year ago of one of Peabody’s finest, firefighter James Rice , who died as the result of injuries he sustained while fighting a blaze on Peabody’s Hancock Street.
Why am I bringing this all up today?
Well, it’s time for us to come together as a community and honor our own local heroes. It’s time to support the construction of the Peabody Fire and Police Memorial.
A joint effort between representatives from Peabody Fire and Police, and the Mayor’s office is underway to build a memorial that would look very similar to the photo posted here.
PFD Captain Dale Kimball is one of the organizers of the effort, which includes being able to raise $100,000 in private donations. The city will donate land on Perkins Street.
What I’m asking all Eye readers to do today is click through to the website and consider making a donation to these efforts, or sponsoring a brick that will be placed around the memorial.
It’s a great way to saying thanks and show that you appreciate these people who keep you safe each and every day.