Dena-Rae Martin, fire chief of the Cherry Lane Fire Department, will be heading to New York soon to participate in memorial services on the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Part of the reason for her visit -- other than to represent the local community in the memorial services -- is to present an eloquent gift.
"I am trying to get police, fire department, and emergency medical service agencies in the Columbia River Gorge, from Stevenson to east of The Dalles, to donate patches from their agencies," Martin said. "I want to take them back with me, to represent the support from this area."
According to Martin, the patches will be mounted permanently in one of the restaurants in New York that caters to firefighters and law enforcement personnel.
Martin will be accompanying some of the individuals who went to New York City in October 2001 to show support and provide a symbolic economic boost after the attacks.
"I know White Salmon gets `lost in the crowd' or in the shadow of other cities in the Gorge, and I want White Salmon listed as one of the cities that haven't forgotten what a tragedy this was," Martin explained.
However, Martin said she has had a bit of difficulty in obtaining the agency patches.
"I want to reach as many agencies as possible," Martin said.
Martin plans to leave for New York on Sept. 7.
Anyone who wants to contribute a patch from his or her respective agency can call Martin at (509) 493-4648.