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Emergency crews honored for service

Members of the Valley emergency services community were honored this weekend at the Spooner House. Shown here are: Ansonia Police officer Barry McMahon, Seymour Police Lt. Paul Sakowski, Shelton Police Sgt. Michael Lawrence, Susan Agamy, executive director of the Spooner House, Debbie Grisgraber, chair of the board of the directors Spooner House, Ansonia Asst. Fire Chief Joe Kingston, Shelton Fire Chief Francis Jones,  Echo Hose Hook and Ladder Cpt. Steve Hoffman and Huntington Fire Company members Jason Mitchell and Ryan Mattioli.  — Katelyn Peterson photo

First responders from the area were honored as “unsung heroes.” Crews from Shelton, Derby, Seymour, Ansonia and Oxford were recognized for their daily acts of bravery during the annual open house and ceremony held at the Spooner House in Shelton this past Sunday.

Susan Agamy, executive director of the Spooner House, presented each of the honorees with a plaque that acknowledged their contributions on Sunday. Agamy said she and the other members of the Spooner House felt it was important to recognize the constant aid that the fire, police and ambulance personnel give to the community.

“Very often they’re the unsung heroes,” Agamy said. “The daily activities of our first responders, the things they do day in and day out when they see us at our weakest moment, those sometimes go unnoticed. We just wanted to show our appreciation and gratitude.”

Lt. Ryan Mattioli of the Huntington Fire Department, Debbie Grisgraber and Lt. Jason Mitchell of the Huntington Fire Department at the Spooner House ceremony. — Katelyn Peterson
The open house and ceremony has been held every year since the grand opening of the Spooner House in 2008. Agamy said each year the staff and board of directors honor certain individuals who have made a significant difference to the Spooner House and its residents, such as the committee that oversaw the construction of the house and some of its major donors.

In addition to the ceremony, a tour of the facility was also given to the attendees. Visitors were encouraged to donate cleaning supplies and paper products such as dish soap, glass cleaner, paper towels and napkins. Agamy said each year there is a significant increase in the number of items needed.

“In 2008 we provided 61,000 meals through the food bank. Last year we were over 137,000, and this year we will hit 170,000 meals,” she said.

To donate, checks should be made payable and mailed to: Area Congregations Together Inc., Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, Shelton, CT 06484. Donations may also be made via PayPal by clicking on the donate button at actspooner.org. Deliveries of non-perishable food items are accepted at the location Monday through Friday 9 to 5 and Saturdays from 9 to 1. To set up a special time for food delivery call 203-225-0453.

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