MAYOR ISSUES PROCLAMATION
FOR DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
By Marie L. Monyak
February 03, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - At the beginning of Thursday night's City
Council meeting, Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein issued a proclamation
declaring February 3rd as a Day of Remembrance for Steve "Butch"
Recently known to local residents as "the man we never met,"
Steve Freeman was flying above Ketchikan that fateful day a week
and a half ago when he piloted his aircraft into the only relatively
safe opening in an otherwise crowded neighborhood, saving countless
lives at the expense of his own when he ejected mere seconds
before his jet crashed.
City of Ketchikan Mayor
Bob Weinstein reading the Proclamation...
Photograph by Marie L. Monyak
Mayor Weinstein, reading the proclamation, mentioned the outpouring
of letters from local residents to both the Ketchikan Daily News
and SitNews, citing their gratitude to Freeman for his heroic
actions and their condolences to the family.
Also mentioned were the numerous letters received from family
and friends of Freeman's that gave Ketchikan an insight into
the man he was. Freeman served his country as a law enforcement
officer with the U.S. Customs Department and as a retired U.S.
Marine Corps pilot who loved life and daring adventures. He was
generous and always thinking of others and he loved to fly. Freeman
was also a devoted husband, father, son and brother.
Weinstein also mentioned that he had been in contact with Freeman's
family and they expressed their deep gratitude for the kind responses
of the local residents.
As the City Council meeting was ending, Mayor Weinstein once
again mentioned the debt of gratitude the people of Ketchikan
feel for Freeman and added his own personal thanks to the public
safety personnel for their response to the incident.
The Mayor's proclamation will be read at the funeral for Major
Stephen "Butch" Freeman (Ret) who will be buried in
his hometown of Huntsville, Texas on Friday, February 3rd.
May you forever soar with the eagles Butch. Farewell.
Marie L. Monyak is a freelance writer living in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Contact Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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