BELFAST – A 70-year-old garage has been on the mind of George Norton for years, but he couldn’t get rid of it alone.
“It could be very, very dangerous. We didn’t want to take the chance and get it down any way possible,” said George Norton, a U.S. Army veteran. “It helps when you got a good crew and they work together.”
Members from multiple agencies were contacted by Jim Roberts, commander of Belfast VFW Post 3108, and he said the most incredible thing about this community is, all it takes is a phone call.
“I tried to get as many people from the office to help,” said Karl Haslauer, a U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Technician in Belfast. “I got five of us, which it seems like it might be too many of us, but that’s okay. The more, the better.”
But because of coronavirus, some volunteers have to wait until next time.
“We would have actually brought the younger people to all of the stuff we do, to get them in the motion for what we’re going to be in the future,” said Lloyd Stover Junior, president of Maine Chapter 5 of the Patriot Riders of America.
Norton served in the United States Army and was deployed in Germany from 1965 to 1967.
Friday, the community thanked him for his service.
“It’s thrilling to see the community, VFW and the community doing stuff like this,” said Eric Sanders, the mayor of Belfast. “It’s small town America right here.”
In an hour, the entire garage was dismantled, but that didn’t come without a few stinky situations.
In the end, all it took was a kind gesture for a stranger to most.
“I don’t know a lot of them, but it’s good to know you’ve got friends when you need them,” Norton said.