Visit to Ground Zero
By Jessica Mathews
September 13, 2005
I recently had the opportunity to travel to New York City and
visit Ground Zero. Before I departed I contacted Richard
Leipfert, Public Safety Director for the City of Ketchikan, and
let him know that I was going. Without hesitation, he got
together a gift package from the Ketchikan Fire Department so
that I could present it to the New York Firefighters. So
off I went with mugs, t-shirts, KFD patches, and really "hot"
ball caps from the City of Ketchikan.
I was able to speak to several
law enforcement personnel from around the nation due to a conference.
I met several police officers from the New York Police Department
and they directed me to a couple of fire stations that had suffered
a number of losses because of September 11th. I got the
chance to speak with the firefighters and shared the gifts from
Ketchikan with them. They were gracious, friendly and grateful
to know that the firefighters of Ketchikan were thinking of them.
They were also very busy so I didn't get to spend a great deal
of time with them. As a result, I let them know they were
welcome in Ketchikan and invited them to come and see the Great
Many thanks to Mr. Leipfert and the Ketchikan Fire Department
for allowing me to be a good will ambassador for them.
Your generosity and thoughtfulness was appreciated and I just
want to thank you for YOUR public service.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
New York City Firefighter
Ryan wears a Ketchikan Fire Department hat...
Photo by Jessica Mathews
Jessica Mathews and
New York City Firefighter Ryan...
Photo by Rhonda Wise from Winter Haven, Florida
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