While writing this article, I found myself reflecting on the recent tragedy in Bristol. Bristol lost two young police officers in a heinous ambush. The nightmare that the Bristol Police Department, the families of the fallen officers, and all those who love a man or woman in blue find themselves in is heartbreaking.
Every day that members of the law enforcement family put on their uniforms and go to work, there is the chance that they won’t clock out at the end of their shift. What happened in Bristol could happen in any community. Whether the department has hundreds of officers or just 16 as we do in Granby each member is precious.
Abraham Lincoln reminds us in the Gettysburg Address that Officer Hamzy and Sergeant Demonte gave the “last full measure of devotion” to their community. May we all increase our devotion to that cause for which they gave their lives.
Community matters. Compassion matters. Working for the betterment of our neighbors matters. I am proud to be a public servant. I am proud of every Granby employee who works each day to make this community safe, beautiful and valuable.
The holiday season is fast approaching. May we give thanks for living and working in a community as special as Granby. And may we remember to cherish each day and live life to its fullest. I wish you peace and joy in the remaining months of this year.