Deputy mayor praises town staff, vol­un­teers

The Compass - - SPORTS -

The deputy mayor of Bay Roberts, Philip Wood, had spe­cial praise for the town’s mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees and those who vol­un­teer with the fire depart­ment last week.

Wood made the com­ments dur­ing a reg­u­lar meet­ing of coun­cil on Sept. 28, one week af­ter Hur­ri­cane Igor caused havoc through­out the re­gion.

He said many peo­ple went “above and be­yond the call of duty” in re­sponse to the hur­ri­cane.

“ Com­mu­nity spirit is alive and well,” Wood said.

He sin­gled out Fire Chief Clarence Rus­sell, who re­turned to duty de­spite suf­fer­ing an in­jury just days be­fore the hur­ri­cane.

“He was still limp­ing on the day of Igor,” Wood said.

He said the town’s work’s fore­man, Pat Fo­ley, cut short a hol­i­day in his home­town of Fogo and drove home in the pour­ing rain on Mon­day, Sept. 20.

An­other mu­nic­i­pal em­ployee and vol­un­teer fire­fighter, New­man Par­sons, was mourn­ing the death of his brother, but still spent time at the fire hall, tak­ing calls from wor­ried cit­i­zens.

Wood said more than half of the fire depart­ment’s 32 mem­bers were on duty through­out most of the storm, and many ne­glected their own prop­er­ties in or­der to help oth­ers.

“ That’s the way it is in ru­ral New­found­land. We take care of one an­other,” said Wood.

There was a new man at the helm for last week's meet­ing of the Bay Roberts town coun­cil. Re­tired ed­u­ca­tor Philip Wood, who was named deputy mayor fol­low­ing last year's mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion, chaired the 45-minute meet­ing. Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john was out of the prov­ince on busi­ness.

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