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Dear Mount Vernon Residents, August 26, 2019

I was one of the tour guides on the 911 FDNY mobile exhibit this past weekend and want to thank everyone for their support.

The sponsors, Ariel, were very generous in allowing us to stay in their corporate residence on East Gambier. It was a beautifully restored 1860 residential house was a treat from the typical hotel we normally would stay in. The two security fellows, Gary and Kyle, were gracious and assisted guiding us in the itinerary of Friday and Saturday’s events.

Chris Edwards, the other FDNY tour guide, and I attended the opening ceremonies inside the events building and were honored by Mr. Rastin's words. The day’s events including the fire departments stair climb and the 911 exhibit were extra- ordinary community events.

The tours started at 10am and continued to after 5pm that afternoon. It was calculated that well over 1400 people toured the exhibit. At the end of each tour that I spoke a few words about the respectful children, patriotism shown in the town square the day prior for the exhibit’s escort, and the firm handshake I received from the woman of your town – stronger than most men in NYC (and the men’s hands were triple the size of average…lol!), it must be your work ethic.

Your main street reminded me of Disney’s, rural style, no dirt, grime, people are friendly and say hello. The beer event Saturday night was a nice way to end the day.

Two weeks ago when they asked me to attend an event in Mt Vernon I thought I would see the homestead of George Washington. I haven’t visited the midwest much but it was a weekend I will remember and want to thank the great people of Mount Vernon …..OHIO!


Lt. Pat Clancy, FDNY (ret)

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