come from all over
As we look back on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are grateful for every hardworking public servant, and everyone who looks after their neighbors.
Then there are the heroes who run toward a disaster and risk death to save others. At this time of year, former New Yorkers like me remember the heroes of Sept. 11 as well as those of today.
Mohammad Salman Hamdani, age 23, was an Emergency Medical Technician and New York City police cadet. On Sept. 11, 2001, he rushed to the World Trade Center to offer help and never came home.
Salman was a hero. Sadly, others regarded him and his family with suspicion, because they were Muslims from Pakistan, until his remains were found under the North Tower. He was acknowledged by Congress but the WTC Memorial does not honor him as a first responder.
With friends, Alonso Guillen, age 31, hauled a boat 100 miles to rescue stranded residents of Houston. They lost control of the boat in rough water and capsized.
Alonso died on Aug. 29, 2017. He worked as a DJ and radio personality, and encouraged others to register and vote, although he himself could not. He was a “Dreamer,” a DACA recipient brought from Mexico at age 15 who hoped to earn U.S. citizenship. He did not live to see DACA revoked.
I hope Floridians don’t need such heroes to come to our rescue tomorrow. If we do, we should open our eyes, see that they come from everywhere, and give them and their families the honor they deserve.
H. JOAN WAITKEVICZ, WEST PALM BEACH
First reponders, first
to open: Thank you
I would like to thank all the first responders, local officials, workers, as well as kind neighbors who came together to prepare our city for the hurricane, and especially to be out immediately after the storm to start the cleanup.
This includes all the employees at stores and restaurants who put their service over their own lives to stay open and reopen.
I think I speak for our entire community to simply say thank you. We appreciate you.
JACKIE SINATRA, DELRAY BEACH
How much will Trump
get for M-a-L damage?
Curious if Mar-a-Lago sustained any damage from Hurricane Irma that the unnamed owner will claim, remembering the mysterious massive damage from Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
The owner put in a claim for $17 million in damages, which the insurer paid based on the information passed on to them from an independent New York insurance adjuster.
Why a New York adjuster, when the property was in Palm Beach? Who knows, except the massive damage must have been repaired without the repairers getting the required permits, since Palm Beach County had no record of issuing any permits for work at Mar-a-Lago and the wedding of said unnamed owner’s son took place there two weeks after Wilma severely damaged the inside of the place.
Anthony Senecal, a retired Mar-a-Lago butler, mentioned they lost some roof tiles and had landscape damage but no damage inside. Plus, the property is like a fortress, having massive 3-foot cement walls to safeguard the property against the fury of hurricane ocean surges.
The owner did state that he had a “great policy” and did pocket some money.
SAUL HELLER, JUPITER