Brigantine shows appreciation

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Galloway Mayor Don Purdy holds plaque presented by Brigantine Mayor Phil Guenther and Brigantine Fire Chief Jim Hall. (Steve Prisament) Galloway Mayor Don Purdy holds plaque presented by Brigantine Mayor Phil Guenther and Brigantine Fire Chief Jim Hall. (Steve Prisament)

Brigantine Mayor Phil Guenther said he received a phone call he won’t forget the day after Hurricane Sandy hit his island community.

“It was your mayor, Don Purdy,” said Guenther who grew up in Galloway. “He reached out and asked if we needed anything. I told him we needed a fire engine, as though anyone would be able to spare one of them. He responded, ‘No problem. We’ll make it happen.’ So we’re here to thank you for your unselfish support.”

Brigantine Fire Chief Jim Hall said he wanted to second the thank you.

“The two communities have always been serving each other,” Hall said. “I was a new chief. It was so great when I turned around and saw you guys there.”

Purdy said Guenther was quick to come to his aid at a mayors’ meeting.

“He had a hand out to reach,” Purdy said. “As soon as Sandy ended, I reached out. I actually reached out to other oceanfront communities as well.”

Purdy said he took Guenther’s request straight to Township Manager Arch Liston who contacted the fire department and arranged for an engine to be assigned to Brigantine.


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