First Responders Appreciation Overpass Naming Ceremony

In an May 12, 2018 Cape Cod Today article, Cape & Islands Delegation Legislators invite public to First Responders Bridge Dedication.

First Responders Appreciation Overpass Naming Ceremony

Cape Cod Today

May 15, 2018

Cape Cod Today Staff

State Senators Julian Cyr and Vinny deMacedo along with State Representatives Tim Whelan, Will Crocker, David Vieira, Sarah Peake, Randy Hunt, and Dylan Fernandes invite the public to attend the naming of the Route 149 overpass at Route 6 the “First Responders Appreciation Overpass.” The ceremony will be at 2pm on May 15, 2018 at the Route 6, Exit 5 rotary.

Governor Charlie Baker signed the name change into law last week to honor all first responders—active, retired, and deceased—for their selfless contributions to assisting people in need and keeping our communities safe. The ceremony will touch on the roles of all first responders, from 9-1-1 operators to police, fire and medical personnel.

In addition to the bridge naming, the recently erected flagpole in the center of the rotary will fly flags for the first time. The purchase of the pole and flags was headed up by members of the Iron Order International Motorcycle Club—Cape Canal Crew, which has also officially adopted Exit 5 under MassDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway Program to ensure the area remains litter free.

Representatives of the several first responder disciplines will speak to their group’s role in providing emergency services. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will articulate the state administration’s appreciation of first responders and Police Chief Frank Frederickson will lead a moment of silence in memory of Sgt. Sean Gannon of the Yarmouth Police Department.

As a united delegation of state legislators, we acknowledge the preparation, training, skills and bravery exhibited by first responders and are proud to dedicate this permanent marker of appreciation for them.


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