Thanks to those who helped make us safe


To the Editor:

This is a long letter of thanks because so many people volunteered their time and talents to help make a dangerous storm situation into a well managed emergency action.

The up-Island towns of West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah were safe and secure due to the hard work and joint efforts of the following organizations:

West Tisbury Police Chief and Officers; Chilmark Police Chief and Officers; Aquinnah Police Chief and Officers; West Tisbury Fire Chief and Emergency Response Crews; Chilmark Fire Chief and Emergency Response Crews; Highway supervisors for West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah; Emergency management directors for West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah; Red Cross volunteers; Salvation Army volunteers; Medical Reserve Corp volunteers; Vineyard Nursing Association; Chilmark Community Center.

The path of Irene may have spared Martha’s Vineyard more serious damage — and for that we are grateful. As chief of the Tri-Town Ambulance Service, I had the unique opportunity to witness the unified efforts of all of these organizations and can attest to the heartfelt camaraderie of all these volunteers working together.

Paul “Zeke” Wilkins


Tri-Town Ambulance