With two decades of service as a volunteer firefighter and rescue squad member, I recently experienced the urgency of addressing community safety during a ridealong with the Wilton Police Department.

During the ridealong, the officers responded to an incident in Weld, which emphasized to me the need for collective community action.

That action comes in various forms — financial support is crucial, and dedicating time as a volunteer makes a significant impact. Initiating neighborhood watch programs is a proactive step to enhance community safety, recognizing that curbing violence and drug-related issues is a shared responsibility beyond law enforcement.

Attending town meetings offers a platform to voice concerns and suggestions, leading to tangible outcomes like government grants. The recent success in securing a grant to combat speeding through Wilton exemplifies the positive impact of community involvement.

My gratitude goes to Wilton’s selectmen and selectwomen and the new town manager for their unwavering dedication. Their efforts significantly contribute to the overall well-being of the community.

Let’s work together to create a safer environment and commit to meaningful action to prevent violence and drug-related challenges in our neighborhoods and families.

Nick Santora, Wilton Resident

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