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Letter: A Fire-Roasted Thanksgiving

In the midst of what was about to become an eventful Thanksgiving Day, it chaotically turned into a whirlwind of excitement on Guilfoy Street. A little after one o’clock in the afternoon the alarming phone call came in.  My mother shouted there was a fire in Grandma Rose’s kitchen rushing out of the house in a frenzy all to run to Grandma’s to see the Glen Cove Fire Department was there to rescue our turkey dinner. Our precious turkey that lay roasting in Grandma’s oven was slowly catching fire unbeknownst to my family and me, until flames and roaring smoke were too black to see each other.

We are so grateful not only for the prompt response but the comfort our dedicated men offered to my distressed grandmother who, standing outside, was flustered with panic. “Thanksgiving Day is a day to be thankful, and we certainly are. We would like to thank the men and women from the Glen Cove Fire Department for giving their time to be with their families to make our holiday a special day as well. They are a great group of guys,” said Mr. and Mrs. Diem. I am also very thankful for all of their fanatical efforts to save my grandparents’ house and of course our precious family dinner.  Efforts such as this are so underestimated. We took priceless time and energy out of these men and women and they never batted an eye to show up within a blink. I thank you Glen Cove Fire/Police Departments for all your conscious attempts to give us a wonderful day despite the accidental fire. A special thank you goes out to 1st Assistant Chief A. Tripp, 2nd Assistant Chief R. Leftwich, and 1st Lieutenant of Chemical V. Sheilds.

Rebecca R. Salentino