On behalf of the Shepherdstown community, I would like to express our gratitude for the Shepherdstown Fire Department, the Shepherdstown Police Department and the many fire departments and police departments from the surrounding communities for their quick and effective response to the fire on West German Street. The quick response of these dedicated individuals contained the destruction and saved the surrounding historic homes. Their constant hard work, dedication and professionalism are greatly appreciated throughout the community. We are also thankful for the Shepherdstown Public Works Department for the clean up and the water department for being vigilant in meeting the town's water needs during a time of crisis. Also, thank you to the Clarion who offered temporary housing to Dr. Bell and the guests of the Thomas Shepherd Inn.