TOMS RIVER TOWNSHIP- The mayors from Toms River, Middletown, Sea Bright, Seaside Heights and Union Beach, along with JetBlue, recognized the work of Hurricane Sandy First Responders at a special joint presentation held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Toms River.
Officials from the five towns were in attendance to congratulate the First Responders.
Following Hurricane Sandy, JetBlue, the airline with a large presence in the tri-state area, made a commitment to help rebuild New York for its neighbors, customers and crewmembers. To thank First Responders in New Jersey, JetBlue has provided 50 travel certificates to First Responders in some of the most impacted communities who worked hard to protect their towns in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. These counties were among the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. During the past eight months, First Responders have played a vital role in revitalizing and rebuilding these shore towns.
Toms River Township Mayor Kelaher said, “We have so many deserving First Responders and I’m grateful to JetBlue for recognizing the actions of some of our local heroes.” Mayor William Akers of Seaside Heights stated, “It was because of the great effort of the First Responders that there was no loss of life, and we will be forever grateful for that.”
Kelaher added, “JetBlue has demonstrated what corporate America does to recognize the communities in which they do business. This is a public spirited effort to thank our Hurricane Sandy First Responders.” The New York-based airline is allowing the recipients to choose a destination anywhere that JetBlue flies.
“As a neighbor in the New York and New Jersey community, we witnessed the work of First Responders first hand. As a small token of our appreciation for their hard work, we are providing roundtrip tickets to First Responders in some of the hardest hit areas,” said Jeffrey Goodell, JetBlue’s Vice President, Government Affairs. “At JetBlue, we live in and give back to the communities we serve. As New York’s hometown airline, we are committed to rebuilding New York and New Jersey
First Responders from Toms River, Middletown, Sea Bright, Seaside Heights and Union Beach were awarded free travel certificates, courtesy of JetBlue. Photo credit: Debbi Winogracki.