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Keeping America’s safe is everyone’s job

By Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.

Bombs have gone off in New York City and New Jersey. The one that blew up in the Chelsea section of New York City had injured 29 people and the other in Seaside Park in New Jersey failed to blow up in time ended up with no fatalities.

The suspect in the bombings, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was captured while in a shootout with New Jersey police. Two police officers were shot in Linden, N.J. There are maybe more suspects out there after all is said and done.

The capture, I feel, is due to excellent police work by New Jersey police, the NYPD, FBI and Homeland Security. We also had other agencies involved like the FDNY, AFT, Port Authority and EMS.

Let me also point out there were reports by average people who saw something and said something. Our law enforcement can’t do it alone—we are all in a war with these evil doers. These egregious and nefarious acts require all of us to remain vigilant. We are living in dangerous times but these terrorists must learn that they can run but can’t hide.

As Americans we will be constantly vigilant and be aware that there are those that desire to hurt us, but we will go on with our lives and refuse to live in fear. Remember this too: Evil thrives when good people do nothing.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village

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