Deputy mayor praises town staff, volunteers
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.