Giving thanks to the first responders

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Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
When Jerry Swanson was an active duty fireman at the Grandview Heights Fire Department, he appreciated the small acts of kindness given to his fellow first responders by local citizens and businesses that showed their appreciation for the work they do. Upon his retirement in the 1990s, he decided to continue that tradition on his own, especially after more than 300 firefighters were killed while responding to the terror attacks in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Shortly before fire stations across the country were set to hold ceremonies this year to remember all of the lives taken that day, he approached Giant Eagle in Grove City with a request – to bake and donate hundreds of cookies that would be distributed to all four of the Jackson Township fire stations and the Grove City Division of Police. On Sept. 10, he delivered more than 300 cookies to the fire and police stations and thanked them for their continued service to the community. Pictured here from left to right is Fire Chief Randy Little, Swanson, and Firefighter Rob Sneller during the cookie distribution. Sneller said the department has been overwhelmed with the generosity of the community, particularly as the 20th year since the terror attacks approached. In addition to the plethora of cookies from Giant Eagle in Grove City, the department also received baked goods from O’Charley’s Restaurant and Bar and StoryPoint Senior Living Community. Sneller said all of the units will be well-fed for weeks to come.

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