HILLSBOROUGH: Emergency services have leaders’ ‘utmost respect’ 

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To the editor: 
Over the last few days, Hillsborough’s first responders and our town’s spirit were put to the test. It was very hard to come up with the right words to express the appreciation to the fire fighters, our police officers, our EMS crews and township staff who worked so hard in spite of brutal conditions at the recent Somerville Industrial Park fire.
More than 150 volunteer firefighters left their families at home, their paying jobs and some closed their businesses to meet flames head-on as they leapt into they frigid sky for more than 24 hours. These men and woman are volunteers, but we would put them up against any paid fire department in the country. They lay their lives on the line to protect and save our community, and for this we are thankful. This special group of people have our up most respect.
We would be remiss if we didn’t also acknowledge the overwhelming response from you, the residents of Hillsborough. Everywhere we as elected officials turned, we saw donations pour into sites across Hillsborough to help our first responders and responders from across the state battle the flames. It was humbling and inspiring to see our community pull together and we look forward to honoring our first responders in the near future.
On behalf of the Township Committee, we would like to thank everyone who once again showed everyone who was watching why we are one of the Best Places to Live in America! 
Editor’s note: This letter was signed by Mayor Frank DelCore, Deputy Mayor Carl Suraci and other Township Committee members Gloria McCauley, Doug Tomson and Greg Burchette. 