Wamesit Lanes Person Of The Week: Jerry Selissen
Apr 08, 2016 10:08AM
By Bill Gilman
Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week Jerry Selissen stands with Lila Smith, Front Desk Director at Wamesit Lanes.
Every new law starts with an idea.
Jerry Selissen's idea was to honor Massachusetts first responders, the men and women who serve as firefighters, police officers and paramedics. These people are first on the scene of natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other catastrophes, such as 9/11 and the Boston Marathon Bombings.
Selissen proposed a special day, the third Sunday in April, (the day before the Boston Marathon each year) to honor first responders each year.
Selissen brought his idea to State Rep. Jim Miceli, whose staff crafted a bill to make it happen. The bill had bi-partisan support in the House of Representatives and is a Senate vote from moving on to the desk of Gov. Charlie Baker.
“My thought process was simply to honor what the first responders do for the communities they work in, both in and out of uniform, which I saw through my father-in-law during his time at the Boston Fire Department and my time as a former (Tewksbury) Selectman," said Selissen. " I saw what happened on 9/11, during the marathon bombing, at the San Bernadino shooting, and I think its time for us to pay respect to those who run towards the chaos and sometimes don’t make it home; it’s a long over due holiday to pay our respects to them and I hope to see it pass soon.”
Eventually, Selissen would like to see a National First Responders Day.
For being named Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week, Jerry Selissen receives a gift card to Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center.
Do you know a friend, neighbor or family member who deserves a pat on the back for something cool they've done? Nominate them for Person of the Week by emailing their name, along with the reason they should be honored, to Bill@yourtewksburytoday.com.