First Responders Recognized

Cash Express of South Shore showed their gratitude for the dedicated work of emergency responders by presenting them with baked goods and signs of thanks covered in signatures from community members on Monday, Sept. 11 as a part of the Cash Express annual Salute to First Responders.

“We just want to give back to them, to thank them for their service and show our support,” said Cash Express manager Christina Roberts.

Roberts presented the Portsmouth Police Department with a poster filled with signatures from those wishing to thank the department for their service along with a patriotic cake.

Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware accepted the items on behalf of the department.

“We have fabulous community support, without them we wouldn’t be able to do the things we do. It’s wonderful to have good working relationships with local businesses,” said Ware. “It’s nice to feel appreciated. We are very grateful.”

Cash Express also presented local EMT and Volunteer members of South Shore with cupcakes to thank them for serving their community, using the 9/11 anniversary as an opportunity to rekindle the business and community’s feelings of appreciation towards dedicated first responders.

On the meaning behind the annual Salute to First Responders, CEO Garry McNabb of Cash Express explains what first inspired the company to honor these individuals in a letter given to The Daily Times.

“The Anniversary of the attack on America and New York’s World Trade Center is a time of reflection. As much as I would like to forget some of them, the images from that day will never be out of my mind, nor will the victims and their families. There is one memory I want to hold on to, one that I want to cherish as the deepest and most lasting of September 11th, 2001. It is the memory of the heroism and selflessness demonstrated by law enforcement officers, fire fighters and emergency medical technicians who went about their business that day without concern for their own safety and without consideration for the magnitude of what they were confronting,” wrote McNabb.

“These are people willing to respond without question or hesitation when our community needs them. Men and women willing to make someone else’s emergency or crisis their own and to put their lives on the line while doing it. If that doesn’t deserve our respect, nothing does.”

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Christina Roberts presents cake to Police Chief Robert Ware. Roberts presents cake to Police Chief Robert Ware.

By Ivy Potter

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