Waldo displays Flag of Heroes to remember 9/11

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

WALDO — After the Pledge of Allegiance which opened the Village Board meeting Monday — the 16th anniversary of the fall of the World Trade Center towers — Village President Gary Dekker told those present:

“We have a second flag up there, a Flag of Heroes. It has the name of the 343 firefighters who died at 9/11. There’s another flag out called the Flag of Honor. It has the name of the three thousand and some private people that died, plus the names of the firefighters on it. And that includes the other people who died in the plane crash in Pennsylvania, as well as the Pentagon.

“About a month before 9-11, my wife and I and two other fire chiefs and their wives went to New Orleans, at the end of August, 2001. A gentleman there got an award, Father Michael Judge, a chaplain in the New York Fire Department. Two weeks later, he received the number one toe tag, at the Trade Center. He had taken off his helmet to administer last rites to a firefighter when a building collapsed. So that had a very important meaning to me.

“We have to remember that this is our Pearl Harbor. They came here and did this to us. And it was the first time since World War II that that happened. A lot of the kids that are in school now were not even here when that happened. And the ‘Never forget’ thing is very important to me.”

Dekker asked that a moment of silence be observed.

Dekker said he planned to attend the conference of the Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin in Sturgeon Bay. Part of the conference will address disaster preparedness. Trustee Mike Hintz recommended that Dekker be reimbursed for the mileage to that conference, but Dekker declined that reimbursement.

Bruce Neerhof’s administrative report included the village’s 2018 budget, under development and a follow-up on a snow storage discussion from a past meeting.

He also reported that the Ferrellgas site has been inspected by the state, but the village has not yet received a copy of the results and DNR approval of signs for the Mill Pond dam has been received.

The village will hold a Halloween party Friday, Oct. 27. Dekker said support for this event would be welcomed and appreciated, whether it is in the form of financial support or volunteers to work that night. Those interested can contact Village Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Brecht at (920) 528-8121 or clerk@villageofwaldo.com.

The board unanimously approved:

• A temporary, one-day liquor license for the Waldo Fire Dept.’s fish fry on Oct. 6.

• One rental request for village facilities.

Police report for the past month: four warnings issued; nine complaints investigated (assist motorist; child enticement case [subject located and arrested in Green Bay]; burning issue; missing speed sign; driving complaint; EMS call to assist with ambulance; assist Sheriff with checking welfare of children; children on roof of church; vandalism at Post Office by juveniles); eight property checks; no citations, arrests made, traffic accidents investigated, court appearances, or warrants.

Dekker ended the meeting by thanking those who came, and expressing a desire to see more residents attend board meetings. “If people aren’t happy with something, this is the place to bring it,” he said.

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