A special stamp honoring the emergency personnel who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack has been issued to raise funds for the victims' family members.
On Tuesday, several area law enforcement officials were honored for their efforts during the wildfire in Barrows as they were presented a framed version of the stamp.
"We kind of thought that it would be nice to commemorate some of the heroes in our community," said Stan Nelson, acting Brainerd postmaster.
The stamp, depicting a famous picture taken from ground zero at the former World Trade Center site, shows firefighters raising the American flag against a backdrop of the ruins of the Twin Towers.
The stamp was presented to Crow Wing County Sheriff Dick Ross, Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc, Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Mahle, and DNR Program Forester Mark Mortensen at Tuesday's Brainerd Rotary Club meeting.
"I appreciate this and I'll be hanging this in my office," said Ross.
The Brainerd Lakes Salvation Army Corps Captains Paul and AmyJo Ferguson were also awarded with the stamp, but were unable to attend Tuesday's presentation.
Ross, Bolduc and Nelson gave additional commendation the DNR and Brainerd Fire Department's work in fighting the May 31 wildfire that scorched 720 acres and destroyed two homes south of Brainerd. There were no injuries, however, and the credit was given to the work to the firefighting crews.
"I was truly amazed at the work done by the firefighters," said Bolduc.
Mahle said combating the fire was a show of teamwork by all involved.
"Thank you very much for this honor," said Mahle. "I accept this on behalf of all 40 of Brainerd's firefighting men and women."
The stamp honoring the Sept. 11 heroes was issued June 7. At a cost of 11 cents more than a normal 1st class stamp price, the additional money will be used to set up a fund for the families of the Sept. 11 victims.
It is the second fund-raising stamp the United States Postal Service has issued. In 1998 the Postal Service issued the Breast Cancer Research stamp. Almost 300 million stamps have been sold to date, raising more than $20.2 million for breast cancer research. Sales of that stamp end July 29.
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