ELLSWORTH — Non-profit Moose Lodge in Ellsworth honored its Police and Fire Department including Hancock County Sheriff Department with a few gifts to honor first responders on September 11.
“I remember vividly getting out of school going home and my dad was always home every day when I got home from school and usually he was doing stuff in the kitchen getting ready for dinner but that day nothing was being prepped. I got home and he’s standing over the chair watching TV, blank stare just watching TV,” said Travis Chapman, Maine State Police Trooper.
That day changed everything for Chapman — 8 years old at the time he remembers 9/11 vividly. Moose lodge and its members held a cookout for first responders to say thank you for all they do.
“I think its really that we all just come together as a community to honor those who are the first ones in. The ones who run to not away from. We want to help them so they can help us,” said Tony Wyman and his wife Melanie. Both are members of Moose Lodge #2698 — Tony is Moose Lodge Treasurer and his wife Melanie is the auditor.
Moose Lodge leaders made a cookout Saturday afternoon and had 400 Tommy Moose stuffed animals waiting to be handed out.
“To do something like this and to give back wasn’t even a question for us this is just what we do we bond together when something happens with our family we make sure that that’s covered,” said Kim Abbott, a board member at Moose Lodge.
During the BBQ guests created a corn hole tournament with donations from people for the Ellsworth Fire Department as they went against their very own, police department. In the end, the Fire Department won and they chose a charity of their choice, late Deputy Chief Bobby Dorr’s foundation.
Trooper Chapman said it’s nice to be recognized but also remember the fallen who gave their lives 20 years ago September 11.
“To be recognized is great and especially the day and time we’re in now, it’s just a good cause and I appreciate it,” said Chapman.
Melanie Wyman of Moose Lodge said they plan to hold this event every year, since their first this time around was successful.
The Lodge is looking for members if you’re interested you can contact the Ellsworth location at 207-664-5199.