I am a resident of the UK and have been living here since 1976 after spending most of my youth growing up in beautiful Groton.
Each year I visit my now very elderly parents for a two weeks of vacation and am currently looking forward to seeing them again in October this year.
Tonight, as usual, per every Sunday, we met on Skype at the usual time and had a nice chat. Then my mother told me something that completely astounded me. She informed me of the awful heat wave that was suffered there last week and how difficult it was for everyone to keep cool.
Then, she told me she and my father received a phone call from the Groton Police Department to check that they were OK. The police had phoned every elderly resident of Groton to check on them.
I was astonished at this show of unbelievable public spirit from Groton police and I am so grateful to them.
I have sent them an email also expressing my deepest gratitude to them for looking after my parents in particular and for all of the elderly residents of Groton in such a heroic way.
This kind of service would be completely unheard of in the UK, and I have let all my Facebook friends know of this. They are as speechless as I am (there are a few policemen/women among them).
I would also like to thank the Senior Citizens Club for ALSO phoning my parents to check up on them through the heat wave. I feel that my parents are living in the safest town in the whole of the world now and I know I
I don't know if you have a tiny bit of free space in one of your papers coming up soon, but I feel it would be a good time to give Groton Police Department and the Senior's Club some trumpet blasts and pats on the back.
If I were able to do so myself, I would, but all I could do was send them a personal email of thanks -- on behalf of my dear parents, Bob and Mary Gallipeau, all the elderly residents of Groton, and myself.