I am proud Clinton is my hometown

A letter to the families, Fire and Police departments, the community and surrounding areas that came together to show their support during this tragedy:

As the son of a former Clinton fireman, we would often visit him at the different stations during his career and on those visits we learned that the fire department could always come together for everyone to overcome and conquer.

This was a lesson I would try and carry on as a teacher and coach to my students. You have all carried yourself with dignity, honor and courage through this time. You all make me proud that I was born and raised in a place like Clinton, Iowa, and you should, too.

Be strong for all.

Scott Thoms,

Chicago