IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Letter to the Editor

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001
March 11, 2013

RE: Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

As much fun as Tim Maher, the official Grand Marshall of the Sunday’s Northern Westchester/Putnam County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, was having, he couldn’t have had any better time than I did riding shotgun for the second year in a row as part of Putnam’s Emergency Response Team. Our magnificent vehicles are a testament to the promise made by our first responders to keep Putnam residents safe.

Looking at the ERT vehicles as they lined up in formation before the parade, I must admit I felt very proud that Putnam County has equipment and people such as these, ready to act in case of an emergency. Sitting inside the green, armored tank-like transport, I also must admit I felt extraordinarily safe, a reaction mirrored on the faces of those watching and waving along the parade route as they cheered loudly and energetically for our ERT members and their heavy duty trucks. I was deeply moved by the parade goers’ expression of gratitude toward their wonderful first responders.

It was a pleasure to have been allowed to participate in the parade with Putnam’s ERT unit, the highly trained and specially-armed squad of professionals from the Sheriff’s Office, Carmel and Kent Police Departments and our Office of Emergency Management.  

So thanks, not only for the ride, but also – and this is on behalf of everyone in Putnam County – to each member of our fabulous Emergency Response Team for all that you continue to do to keep Putnam safe.