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Leave fireworks to the professionals

The Fourth of July brings potential fun celebrations and relaxing time spent with family and friends. Many people look forward to seeing colorful firework displays. These are handled by professionals and supervised by the fire department for safety.

Unfortunately, tragedy can strike when individuals set off firecrackers. One summer, I was in the ICU after open heart surgery. A boy who was playing with fireworks with his friends blew off his hand and was in the ICU in serious pain. I still hear his screams in my sleep.

Please, enjoy the holiday but leave the fireworks to professionals. I also urge people who are too tired or who want to enjoy alcoholic beverages not to drive.

I hope this can save someone from sadness this holiday. Safely enjoy!

Debbie Vogel

Rego Park

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