It was a snow storm of epic proportions that everyone who lived in this part of Connecticut will remember for a lifetime.
Wednesday night, at the Board of Selectmen meeting and the Board of Finance meeting, as town officials discussed the impact of the storm, they also took time to thank the town employees and volunteers who worked through the storm to help the town recover.
First Selectman Fillmore McPherson, in particular, said he wanted to thank Madison Police Chief Jack Drumm, Director of Public Works & Town Engineer Michael J. Ott, and Assistant Director of Public Works & Assistant Town Engineer John J. Iennaco, all of whom worked tirelessly, night and day, at tasks large and small, as the town worked to clear roads and make sure residents were safe.
Ott said he wanted to thank "the public works and facilities crews, police, fire and ambulance as well as the private contractors," including Anderson Brothers, Testori, Seashore, Lindahl, Schumack and Kyttle. Both Ott and Facilities Director Bill McMinn also thanked private contractors Craig Talmadge and Russell Lanziero for their work clearing sidewalks for the facilities department, something that must have been a painstaking task given the large amount of ice that had to be hacked away.
Madison Public Schools posted this thank you, "We would like to say a special thank you to our Facilities Department and to the town Public Works crews for their tireless efforts making the schools ready and clearing the roads."
Town residents wrote into Madison Patch as well, to thank town work crews, volunteers, and neighbors for their service during and after the storm.
Rachel Miller posted a picture of a sign her family put up on Horsepond Road, a sign made by her 9-year-old and 10-year-old children, who watched from the house as police officers, volunteer firerighters, amublance crews, the town's public works department, and private contractors worked to clear their neighborhood and check in on elderly people who lived there.
The sign said "Thx4 Helping <3"
Linda Nietlisbach posted pictures of Madison Public Works crews clearing her neighborhood of snow and wrote, ""I thought you might have a use for some photos of the great work being done by Madison Public Works crews. They are a bunch of tired guys."
Charla, in North Madison, wrote about her neighbors, who hit the streets with shovels and snowblowers, to make a car path for a neighbor who needed to make it to a medical appointment.
"Where were you when the Blizzard of 2013 hit Madison?" will be asked over and over.
Do you want to say "thanks" to any person or group who helped us out during this storm? Do it right here on Patch. It's easier than sending a thank you note!
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