As with any week in the city of Maitland, many activities and events take place that impact our community. This past week was particularly eventful in that our City issued several proclamations that involve and impact our residents in many ways. Here is a brief snapshot of each:
National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer celebration took place on Thursday, May 6 at Lake Lily Park, and was attended by approximately 100 to 200 people, including many families with children, members of our community and surrounding communities. Organized by a strong host committee made up of leaders throughout our community, this was a most successful event. All denominations were invited to this wonderful celebration. Many thanks to Mayor Bruce Mount of Eatonville who joined us for the event this year.
Maitland proclaimed this day as the "National Day of Prayer". The first National Day of Prayer was proclaimed by the First Continental Congress in 1775. President Lincoln reaffirmed it in 1863, President Truman established the Annual National Day of Prayer by law in 1952, and President Reagan established the first Thursday in May as the day of annual recognition.
Emergency Medical Services Week
Maitland's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Team responds to 2,600 medical or trauma related calls annually and transports over 1,000 patients to hospital emergency rooms. In order to prepare for any emergency, the members of the Maitland Fire Rescue EMS Team engage in thousands of hours of specialized training to enhance their lifesaving skills.
Each and every hour of every day, Maitland's citizens and business owners benefit from the work our firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and our EMS Director Todd Husty perform for our community.
In recognition of their great service, Maitland has proclaimed the week of May 16-22 "Emergency Medical Services Week" and invites all residents to stop by Fire Station #45 on Independence Lane or Fire Station #47 on Fennell Street, to meet your emergency medical providers and to tour the facilities. While you are at it, have your blood pressure and glucose checked for free!
There are about 900,000 law enforcement officers serving across the U.S. Included in this number are 43 from the City of Maitland. Each and every day our officers serve, they put their lives on the line for all of us. Since the first recorded death of an officer in 1792, more than 18,000 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty.
The service and sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of duty will be honored, and the names of the officers newly engraved on the Memorial will be formally dedicated during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's 22nd Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of Thursday, May 13 in Washington, D.C.
The City of Maitland will do our part to honor our fallen officers by proclaiming the week of May 9-15 as "Police Week" in the City of Maitland while we publicly salute the services of law enforcement officers in our community and across the nation.
National Public Works Week
The services that Maitland Public Works departments provide are an integral part of our citizen's everyday lives. Maitland's Public Works Department oversees programs such as water, sewers, streets and highways, public buildings, solid waste collection, and parks and lake maintenance.
It's important that our community understands that the quality and effectiveness of these programs, as well as their planning, design and construction, is dependent on the skill and effort of our public works personnel, who are headed up by Maitland's Public Works Director Rick Lemke.
With all the great behind the scenes work Rick and his team perform, it was my pleasure to proclaim the week of May 16-22 as "National Public Works Week" in the City of Maitland.
For more information on all the services provided our families, please visit our website at www.itsmymaitland.com.