Belmont families donate bench to honor first responders

PEACE AND QUIET #1
A park bench. (Flickr.com/ronsaunders47)

12 Belmont families are coming together to honor first responders in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Rachel Hinchliffe wanted to show support for the EMTs and police offers who rushed into Back Bay to help victims on Marathon Monday. She spoke with other area residents, and the idea of purchasing a bench to help fund the Joey’s Park playground was brought up.

But Hinchliffe wasn’t sure the project could come to fruition.

“It’s a win-win for the community,” Hinchliffe told  Boston.com.  “It was the perfect idea, but I thought there’s no way I could raise that much.”

Despite her misgivings, a dozen families contributed a total of $500 to buy the bench. The plaque’s inscription will read: “In appreciation of First Responders on events surrounding Marathon Monday April 2013.”

However, Joey’s Park is not yet completed.  Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help build the park in October.

For more information on the project or to learn more about donating, visit joeyspark.org.



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