To the editor:
I am writing to express my thanks and admiration to Fire Chief Al Galinelli, and the Warren Fire Department, during and after the recent blizzard. Their concern, hard work and kindness to those in need was remarkable. Without their assistance, many citizens of Warren, especially the elderly, could have had a different ending.
My husband and I are elderly, and we lost our heat and electricity late on Friday afternoon. I am currently recovering from pneumonia, and Overhill Road was especially hard hit. We spent a very cold night in our house on Friday night, with the temperature hovering at 46 degrees. On Saturday morning, our daughter Gloria Medeiros, called the Warren Police Department on our behalf, and before we knew it, Chief Galinelli was standing in our unplowed driveway trying to devise a method to get us to his vehicle. The chief called for assistance and the Special Hazards group was sent to our home. They carried us out in chairs, all the while being upbeat and cheerful regarding the situation.
We spent two nights, one at the Kickemuit Middle School gymnasium, and one at the “old” senior center at town hall. We were warm, safe and well-fed. We slept in chairs, but we were warm. Warren has no shelter for situations such as this, but Chief Galinelli and his dedicated gentlemen did their very best to ensure that our needs were met.
We returned to our home on that MOnday after power was restored, again with the assistance of the fire department.
The gratitude that we feel toward Chief Galinelli and the WFD cannot be expressed in this letter We hope that when you see members of the Warren Fire Department holding their boots up for donations during their next drive that you all give generously. This is a group to be proud of!
Carolyn and Herman Arruda