Freetown Fire Department

freetownFREETOWN — Deb Allerdt, secretary for the Freetown Fire Department, says she worries every day for her son’s safety since he left to serve in Iraq. But the support she sees every Friday when members of the Fire Department and the town’s seniors wear red in honor of the troops helps her deal with the stress of knowing her child is in harm’s way. “Nothing is for free, especially our freedom. The servicemen and women are working very hard to keep us safe,” said Allerdt, mother of Army Capt. Marc Allerdt. “It’s a great honor to support the troops and makes you feel good to see everybody wearing red on Friday,” she said. Town seniors have been wearing red for the past three years and Fire Department personnel started doing so last year as part of a national movement to support the troops. “We are wearing red to pay tribute to the troops. It’s catching on with more and more of the guys and with fire departments all over the country,” Fire Chief Gary Silvia said. Barbara Place, director of the Council on Aging, came up with the idea after reading an article a few years ago. “We want the troops to know that we support them fully, no matter where they are in the world,” she said. According to Silvia, the department often thinks of Capt. Allerdt, along with Staff Sgt. Chad Bettencourt, a call firefighter who joined the Marine Corps and has since done three combat tours of duty. People wishing to take part in Red Shirt Fridays can either purchase a shirt to identify and support the cause or simply wear a red shirt they already have. According to its website, the mission of “is to show support for our servicemen and women. We are not a political organization. We do not care whether or not one supports or does not support the war. We care only about making our support of our servicemen and women known to our fellow Americans and the world. “We are a silent majority that does not wish to remain silent anymore. We need to let our servicemen and women know we support their sacrifice and we will not forget them and we will do this by wearing red on every Friday.”

June 16, 2010 12:00 AM

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