Fairview resident and young mother of two, Amber Reid wanted to do something a little extra special to recognize local law enforcement officers and fire fighters on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, now recognized as Patriot Day.
Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.
Of the 2,977 victims killed in the September 11 attacks, 412 were emergency workers in New York City who responded to the World Trade Center. They were policemen, firemen and emergency personnel answering a call of duty to serve those around them and protect lives and property.
“We just wanted to commemorate and remember 9/11 in a special way,” said Reid.
Reid sat down and explained to her three-year-old daughter Abigail, using age-appropriate terms, what happened on 9/11 so many years ago. She shared how all the New York City policemen and firemen played such an important role in helping saving lives.
She continued, “I told her we could say thank you to our local ‘helpers.’ And we’ve taken the firemen cookies for Thanksgiving before. So, when I asked if she’d like to do it again, she said ‘Yes!”
The idea was a huge hit, except Abigail had a different idea about what they could gift our local police men. Reid shared, “I told her we could also take cookies to the police station, and she said ‘No! Donuts!’”
Her young son Thomas, age 17 months, also went along for the deliveries with the first stop at the Fairview Police Department.
Reid said it was a great experience for the children. “They (police officers) were so sweet and took the time out of their day to spend a bit of time, showed them the police car and even turned the lights on,” said Reid.
They also stopped by the Fairview Fire Station with cookies. Sadly, the children were not able to go inside and see the fire trucks up close due to COVID-19. However, the youngsters enjoyed looking at the big red fire truck through the fire station bay windows.
Afterwards, Reid posted photos on social media with Fairview Mayor John Blade expressing to Reid, “How kind of your daughter and you! Such a big and generous heart at her age. Please tell her the Mayor is mighty proud of her for her wonderful kindness to others.”
Reid expressed thanks to all local emergency responders for their service to the community.