I have been a resident of Groton for the past 12 years. I spent the majority of my life in public service as an FBI agent. My brother retired from the Scarsdale, N.Y., Fire Department after 34 years of service. I have a unique perspective and deep respect for the challenges that face those that serve the public.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am proud to say that two of my children have also chosen public service. My daughter is a lieutenant with the Groton Fire Department and my son is a Detective Sgt. with the Lowell Police Department.
I have taken a keen interest in the discussions surrounding the new fire station. I have attended all of the Town Meetings and have closely followed the discussions related to this topic.
It is clear to me that our community will be better served by building a new Fire Station. The new fire station will streamline response and help to ensure the best possible outcome in the event any of us experience a fire or medical emergency.
I too, love the bucolic nature of Groton. I have seen the rendition of the proposed new fire house and can see that tremendous thought went into a design that will both serve the needs of the public and preserve the bucolic nature of our town.
I understand the time commitment and dedication it takes to be a firefighter in this community and I believe, as our firefighters and EMTs do, that this community deserves the best possible service.