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Easton Fire Company Thanks Community for Support

The following is a letter to the editor submitted by the fire department's leaders in response to the outpouring of support they received in the wake of Lt. Russell Neary's line of duty death during Hurricane Sandy.

To the Editor: 

The Easton Volunteer Fire Company gratefully acknowledges the outpouring of sympathy, support and good wishes received from Easton residents, the general public and firefighters and emergency personnel from neighboring towns, from the Northeast and from across the country, after the recent line of duty death of our brother and friend Lieutenant Russell Neary.

The support shown by all during this recent tragedy has provided our membership with the strength and resolve to continue in our efforts to protect and serve the Easton community.

We specifically would like to thank those fire departments who assisted the Easton Fire Department in the days after this terrible tragedy, allowing us the chance to pause and mourn the loss of our brother. In addition, we would like to thank all who have offered and who continue to offer donations in the name of Lt. Russell Neary to the family or to those causes dear to the heart of Lt. Neary.

As was provided in heartfelt testament by all who know him, Lt. Russell Neary was an integral part of the Easton Volunteer Fire Company and a powerful force of good will and compassion to all who met him. His legacy of self-sacrifice and commitment to help others in their time of need, in addition to his optimistic, cheery disposition, strong moral values and respect for others will continue to be an inspiration to us and to those whose lives he touched during his all too short time among us.  

There is not a day that passes where the presence of one so dear cannot be felt in our midst, and whose lively spirit does not encourage us in our efforts to help others in any way possible, which is at the heart of the Easton Volunteer Fire Company’s mission.

James M. Girardi, Chief 

Casey Meskers, President

Easton Volunteer Fire Company Easton Volunteer Fire Company

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