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Fallen Brothers» Letter of Appreciation - Robin McDonald

November 21, 2000

     My children and I would like to extend our appreciation to the members of the Waterbury Fire Department. For your generosity and support at this difficult time in our lives. To everyone who has contributed to the children's fund, words cannot express my gratitude.

     I want to thank the members of the Waterbury Fire Union and the Special Services Unit, who were here shortly after learning about Kevin's death with support, friendship, and food for Kevin's family and friends. The help from both groups in planning Mac's funeral was astonishing. It was as if Mac planned the event himself. Kevin always said he wanted to go out big and with your help I was able to accomplish just that. I thank you.

     To the Fireman's Aid who gave the reception at The Hills following the funeral, I am most grateful. It was a nice lunch with friends and family to remember the good times we had with Kevin and to raise a glass or two in his honor.

     Finally, I would like to thank 'The Brain' for rushing over that night so that Kelly, Robert, and I didn't have to hear the news of Mac's sudden death by some stranger. I can't thank you enough for all the love, comfort, and support you gave us that night and continue to give us today. Not a day goes by that I don't hear from one of 'The Brain'. You guys and your wives are family, as Mac would say, 'I love you, man'. I love you all dearly.

     Kevin was one of a kind. I never realized just how many people knew and loved the guy until the night of his wake, over 500 people attended. Mac would have been amused. He loved his job as a firefighter and being part of that special brotherhood. He enjoyed helping people out of a jam and he appreciated a good practical joke, especially if it involved water and balloons. He will be greatly missed but we can keep his spirit alive by telling those stories of all the stupid things he did, of which there are many, and laugh.

     Once again I thank you all for your support, friendship, and generosity. Kevin has left me with a lot of great friends in the Waterbury Fire Department and I thank him for that.

     Stay safe.
Robin, Kelly and
Robert McDonald

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