Letters, September 27, 2013
We will rebuild
Today [Wednesday] has seen the sun rise on a sad day for Georgetown.
A large part of Georgetown has been consumed by fire. Businesses have been destroyed, employees will be out of work, homeowners in the upper apartments are displaced and the face of Georgetown’s Historic District will now be changed forever.
As the flames die down we owe a great “Thank You” to our firefighters. They likely arrived on the scene to a massive battle, BUT they drew the line and said “here, but no further.” They called for help that arrived without question from all over Georgetown, Williamsburg and Horry counties. And they all said burn “here, but no further!” And the fire burned HERE, and no further!
The sadness will continue for a few days, but we will rebuild Georgetown!
Fire hoses will be drained and repacked on fire trucks readied for the next blaze. Firefighters will rest their bodies and rejoin their worried families, but we will rebuild Georgetown!
Ashes will be taken away, skeletons of buildings will be torn down, and the burn, though deep, will be healed, and we will rebuild Georgetown!
Today will be remembered as the Great Front Street Fire of 2013, and we will learn the lessons to make places where we work and play safer. We’ll install sprinkler systems and fire protected walls. We’ll make sure our future firefighters are well trained. We’ll also make our fire facilities the best they can be, and we will rebuild Georgetown!
The spirit of Georgetown is as alive today as it was in the past. After many great fires, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes since 1734, our passion continues to persevere. We know how to put aside our petty disagreements and to Rise from the Ashes!
We are Georgetown, and we WILL rebuild!
God Bless us all in our efforts!
Mr. Johnson is a former assistant fire chief for the City of Georgetown. He posted this message on Facebook Wednesday night after the fire.
The recent fire on Front Street was a devastating loss to the entire Georgetown community and we all need to help those businesses and families deal with the loss. Thank you Georgetown Business Association and First Citizens Bank for setting up a Georgetown Fire Relief Fund to aid those businesses and individuals who have lost everything in the fire. Although eight businesses were lost including three restaurants, there are still a very large number of Georgetown businesses that had no damage and will continue to be open for business.
Georgetown is a resilient community that has bounced back before from hardships and the community will do it again. It is our responsibility to support the community. One way to do that is to participate in some upcoming events in the heart of Georgetown scheduled for October through early November.
The first event is Music in the Park (5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.) on October 3rd. The second event is the Bridge 2 Bridge run (7 a.m. - 1 p.m.) on October 12th. The third event is the Wooden Boat Show (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.) on October 19th. The fourth event is the Taste of Georgetown (12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) on November 2nd. Although three restaurants were lost in the fire there are still 19 restaurants participating in the Taste of Georgetown. Your participation at these events is a great way to show that you care for and support the Georgetown community.
October to early November is always such a pleasant time of the year with cooler temperatures, low humidity and usually very little inclement weather. It is a great time to be outside and to enjoy all that Georgetown has to offer.
Big thank you to Piggly Wiggly
When Susan and Decatur Beckman decided at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday to have their home serve as a feeding station for first responders and for the people living in apartments in the burning buildings as well as the business owners, they called the Pig for help. As one of the two who picked up the supplies, I was stunned by the amount of food awaiting us. It filled a small SUV and pickup truck. Two huge boxes of bananas, another huge box of apples, several cartons of eggs and butter, bread, at least 10 gallon jugs of orange juice, several half gallons of lemonade and ice tea, a very large pan of already cooked bacon, dozens of donuts and muffins, plates, plastic forks and many other items – totaling several hundred dollars.
In talking with folks about Piggly Wiggly’s generosity, they said that is very typical of the Pig when it comes to helping our community. We are very fortunate to have a store that cares so much about our town and for its people.
Thank you Piggly Wiggly!
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