LACONIA — Three dozen children from the Opechee Day Camp, joined by Laconia police officers and firefighters, were the guests at the first Heroes for Heroies luncheon hosted by the Laconia Public Library yesterday.
Gail Drucker, the children's librarian, explained that a blank sheet of paper headed "My Story" was put at each place setting. "Every hero has a story," she said, encouraging the children to write a brief statement describing their hero. At the same time, the children were invited to make their own "hero sandwiches", choosing from an array of cold cuts, cheese, vegetables and toppings.
Then the children, all between the ages of five and eleven, were encouraged to step to the podium at the front of the room and either read what they had written or speak about their hero.
Landen said he was "new here" and spoke of another camper who became his friend and helped him feel that he belonged.
Chase recalled that he swallowed a mouthful of water while swimming and his sister, Bailee, came to his rescue. "She even patted my back," he said.
Others lauded their mothers or fathers.
Most remarks were lost to the weak sound system and lunch table chatter. But, Drucker collected what the children wrote and encouraged them all to return to the library. And the children left with full stomachs, clutching trading cards picturing police officers distributed by a smiling Lieutenant Rich Simmons.