Bill Mitchell grew up in Westport. All his life, he’s seen Westport’s first responders do what they do best: respond.
Whatever the emergency — at the store his parents Ed and Norma founded; at the schools his 3 children attended; anywhere in town — he watched with appreciation as these men and women served our town.
For years, Bill has wanted to say “thank you.” Tonight, he did.
His store — Mitchells of Westport — hosted a small reception, honoring everyone who helped out during Hurricane Sandy. And Irene. And the windstorm. And every other emergency, large and small, that hits our town.
First selectman Gordon Joseloff noted that first responders include not only police officers, firefighters and EMTs. During the hurricane, we were served by Public Works, the Health District, Human Services, the library, and CERT.
“This was not our first rodeo,” Joseloff said. “And there will be another.”
In the middle of the speeches, an emergency radio cackled.
Those guys are always on the job.