To The Daily Sun,
I would like to take a small portion of the newspaper to acknowledge the Laconia Fire Department, as well as departments in other local towns that share in our mutual aid network.
On Monday, Jan. 5, the DeForge family on Elm Street here in Lakeport was displaced by a fire at their home. The quality and quantity of the response was nothing less than magnificent. We picture a firefighter as a yellow jacket that holds a hose and points out the flames, then goes back to the station to wait for the next call. Well, let me tell you I've learned. There is a lot of emotion during all the action. The emotion runs from "where are my kids?" to "where are my pets?" to "is everybody out safely?" to "I've lost everything, what do I do now?" — as well as a million other thoughts.
Chief Erickson and his team, as well as the surrounding town firefighters, are nothing less than lifesavers. This group of do-gooders still find the time during all the action to be compassionate, informative and just plain NICE during and after the fire. I could go on for several more pages about specifics and the professionalism of several individuals but they work as a team and should be recognized as such. We are a lucky bunch to have this level of municipal service in our area. It is very important to also recognize the great work by the Laconia Police, as well as the Marine Patrol, for keeping traffic and gawkers moving during all the commotion. These separate entities operated seamlessly to accomplish the task at hand. Thanks to all who participated.
Additionally, there will be a fund set up for the DeForge family, as they lost just about everything. The outpouring of support from our community has been nothing less than awesome. Please help the cause if you are in a position to do so.
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