Ventnor’s shining stars lightened darkness of disaster

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To the editor:

On behalf of Commissioners Sarno and Kelly, I would like to thank all of the people who were invaluable to the city of Ventnor during and after Hurricane Sandy.

First and foremost the public employees, who in spite of their own personal losses performed their duty in a tireless and professional manner.

Police and Fire – for their tireless efforts, putting themselves at personal risk during the storm to aid those who wanted to be evacuated at the last minute, as well as responding to numerous emergency calls at the height of the storm.

Public works – who worked throughout the weekend to secure all city properties the best way possible and who, immediately after the worst part of the storm, began cleaning up the city and addressing the numerous problems caused by Sandy.

City Hall staff – who came to work to answer phone inquiries as well address issues raised by those who stayed instead of evacuating. The code and building staff, who began immediately after the storm passed to assess safety of the properties throughout the city and continue to do so today.

The Atlantic County Sheriff's Office and New Jersey State Police – for providing officers to help our Police Department patrol the streets and secure the barricades at the city borders.

Thank you to the volunteers who came to City Hall to help answer phones and relay information to those not in the city. I want to thank all those who volunteered and still are, at the HurricaneReliefCenter in the Ventnor Community Room, and other relief food and supply locations to see to the needs of those affected by Sandy. I especially want to thank those who came from far away, other states, to reach out and help our citizens in their time of need. They were and are shining stars in the darkness of disaster.

Mayor Mike Bagnell,


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