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Fire district, run club recognize veterans with annual event

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Nov 17, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED On Nov. 10, members of the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District and Sanibel Spoonbills Run Crew participated in a five-mile run to recognize the sacrifice that military veterans and their families make serving their county. As part of the run, they stopped at the Sanibel Cemetery and placed American flags on the graves of veterans.

For the second year in a row, a group of islanders organized a run in honor of Veterans Day.

On Nov. 10, members of the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District and Sanibel Spoonbills Run Crew participated in a five-mile run to recognize the sacrifice that military veterans and their families make serving their county. Between the district and run club, about a dozen people took part this year.

“A lot of us are veterans and a lot of guys who aren’t veterans understand how important it is to remember people’s sacrifices and those of their families,” Division Chief of Training Tim Barrett said.

He noted that the intent of the run is to remember and honor those sacrifices.

“I think there’s so many things going on now that sometimes we forget how many veterans gave their lives and their families sort of had to pick up the pieces,” Barrett said.

PHOTO PROVIDED On Nov. 10, members of the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District and Sanibel Spoonbills Run Crew participated in a five-mile run to recognize the sacrifice that military veterans and their families make serving their county. As part of the run, they stopped at the Sanibel Cemetery and placed American flags on the graves of veterans.

“I think the worst thing we can do is not remember,” he added.

Leaving at about 7:30 a.m. from Station 171, the group took Periwinkle Way to Tarpon Bay Road, then traveled along West Gulf Drive to Algiers Lane, where it made a stop at the Sanibel Cemetery located next to Gulfside City Park. At the cemetery, the group placed American flags on the graves of veterans.

“We’re remembering these guys who passed and honoring them with our time,” Barrett said.

Also at the cemetery, participants shared stories about the veterans buried there.

“We stopped and took a second to acknowledge their sacrifice,” he said.

PHOTO PROVIDED On Nov. 10, members of the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District and Sanibel Spoonbills Run Crew participated in a five-mile run to recognize the sacrifice that military veterans and their families make serving their county. As part of the run, they stopped at the Sanibel Cemetery and placed American flags on the graves of veterans.

The group then headed back to Station 171.

Barrett explained that some district employees and members of the run club train together. They did the same thing for Veterans Day in 2019 and recently got together and decided to do it again this year.

“We’d like to do it every year,” he said.

Barrett noted that Sept. 11 is another day they would like to recognize.

“And maybe for the Fourth of July,” he added.

PHOTO PROVIDED On Nov. 10, members of the Sanibel Fire and Rescue District and Sanibel Spoonbills Run Crew participated in a five-mile run to recognize the sacrifice that military veterans and their families make serving their county. As part of the run, they stopped at the Sanibel Cemetery and placed American flags on the graves of veterans.