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Scott was the son of member Dave Florin and a US Army Veteran who tragically passed away in a boating accident in January 2019.
The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.
We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Run # 84
At 0300 hrs., Boston Fire struck a second alarm for Box 3544, 1220 Blue Hill Avenue, in the Mattapan section of Boston. Fire was in 3 story, multi family building.
Companies arrived with heavy fire showing and a 2nd alarm was ordered. Weather conditions were very warm and humid.
Members Harris, Kerins, and Leone responded in units A10 and A11.
3 cases Gatorade
2 cases Water
2 dozen cold/wet towels
40 lbs. ice
A10 is now utilizing a stand alone Decontamination Wipes Dispenser.
We hope this is more visible on the fire ground, and offers easier access for the firefighters. (See pic)
Both units returned at 0530 hrs.
Thanks to the Boston PD for the recent note that was sent to us. All of our members truly appreciate the work of the members of the Boston Police Department and all law enforcement agencies that we interact with, they have a very difficult job to do and we are happy to provide a little comfort for them as well as our full support.
Over the last several weeks with the national and local civil unrest, the protests have kept various members of public safety busy and we have been deployed numerous times to provide support to the members of the Boston Police, Boston Fire, Boston EMS, Massachusetts State Police, MBTA Police, Federal Agencies, METRO LEC, NEMLEC and the Massachusetts National Guard who have been called upon to provide security and order during these frequent protests in our area.
As these demonstrations have occurred during very hot and uncomfortable weather we have deployed the rehab crews of A-10, A-11 and Squad 10 numerous times to provide rehab support and comfort to our dedicated members of public safety. In addition to Boston we have responded to Brookline and Medford as well for protest incident support.
This has been a very intensive logistical exercise for us to provide manpower and to procure, stock, distribute and serve the products in the field due to many locations for staging of the LEO members over a wide area of the city. As of today we have provided 512 man hours, 94 vehicle hours in the field and the following items to these guardians of our safety.
Although the vast majority of these items were purchased by us using donated funds we must also acknowledge the generosity of the Salvation Army Kroc Center Kitchen crew for the hot meals they provided, Doughboy Donuts for the many dozens of donuts provided and to America Airlines for the snack boxes and to Sky Chef for the water and Gatorade, thank you!
We have provided the following dispensable items during these events:
144 Cases of Gatorade
300 Cases of Water
40 Gallons of Coffee
600 Hot Meals
1500 Hot Dogs
20 Dozen Donuts
97 Cartons of Cookies/Crackers
1080 Snack Boxes
60 lbs. of assorted candy
600 lbs. of ice
A message from President Paul Boudreau:
The last weekend of June proved to be a very busy time for the crews of the Boston Sparks A-10 Rehab Unit. On Saturday we were detailed to support the members of the Boston Police Department as well as other outside agencies who were deployed for the Protest and March through the City of Boston. This run would be our 15th Protest Deployment since this started a few weeks ago.
Crew members Paul Boudreau, Tom Leone, Brian Kerins and Chuck Gaskill started about 09:30 hours packing up and preparing to provide rehab and food for the approximately 800 law enforcement officers stationed throughout the city of Boston. Utilizing two of our vehicles A-10 and A-11 we started the runs to the various locations where the police were stationed around the city proper, as were making our rounds about 12:00 the City of Quincy dispatched apparatus to 20 Janet Road for a reported house fire, units on route reported smoke showing from the Southern Artery and Box 5115 went to a second alarm very quickly.
A-11 broke off the protest detail and proceeded to our quarters with Paul Boudreau and Brian Kerins where Kerins took Squad 10 and responded to the scene in Quincy where the members were happy to see us on scene in the 84+ weather. Squad 10 remained on scene for about two hours and provided 3 cases of Gatorade, 3 cases of water as well as several dozen cold towels to the crews fighting the blaze in a two story residential structure with heavy fire conditions on the second floor.
A-11 returned to the protest deployment and continued the rounds with A-10 supporting the BPD. As the day wore on additional personnel responded in and assisted us, Dave and Jenn Florin and Neal Miller picked up Squad 10 upon its return to Congress Street from Quincy and went for additional supplies and met us on scene.
During the protest deployment we served 650 hot dogs, 600 bags of chips, 300 snack packs, 20 cartons of various snacks, 22 cases of Gatorade and 30 cases of water completing the assignment at 16:00 hours.
Sunday morning just before 12:00 Cambridge Fire Alarm transmitted Box 29 for a reported fire in a three story OMD located at 1093 Cambridge Street in the Inman Square neighborhood. With smoke showing from the first floor the fire quickly went to a second alarm under the command of BSA member Deputy Chief Ed Morrissey.
Crew member Tom Leone started out to the fire with A-10 and members Matt McSheehy and John Harris met him at the scene with temperatures again hovering in the mid-eighties. This fire required the use of 3 cases of Gatorade, 2 cases of water and 50+ cold towels to rehab the members operating here.
As A-10 was setting up rehab operations at this fire Cambridge Fire Alarm sent out apparatus to box 242 for the address of 100 Harvard St, a mere four or five blocks or so from the second alarm. Arriving companies discovered a large canopied refuse storage type facility with heavy fire impinging on the adjacent 2 story project building. Covering Deputy Mike Morrissey was in command and with several of the arriving companies being mutual aid apparatus with a delay as they were on route from their communities he transmitted the working fire signal.
A-10 crew members Paul Boudreau and Neal Miller were arriving at our quarters at 344 Congress Street just as the working fire was transmitted and responded forthwith in Squad 10 to Cambridge. While on scene Squad 10 distributed 2 cases of Gatorade, 2 cases of water and 15 ice cold towels to the members operating there.
While on scene an ominous cloud cover came upon us with heavy down pours, high winds and many lightning strikes. Squad 10 cleared and returned to quarters.
As A-10 was clearing the scene of the second alarm at about 14:10 hours Watertown struck box 31 for the address of 130 Mount Auburn Street for a reported lightning strike. First arriving companies reported smoke showing from a large Queen Anne former recotory type occupied multiple dwelling converted to condominiums and with heavy fire conditions in the second floor unit a working fire assignment was ordered.
A-10 responded from the Cambridge second and Squad 10 from quarters to Watertown.
While on scene in Watertown we distributed 2 cases of Gatorade, 1 case of water and 15 cold towels to the members. Both units took up and returned to quarters at 16:30 hours for restocking and clean up.
At approximately 19:15 hours A-10 was activated by Norfolk County Control to respond to the Town of Norwood at the Norwood Hospital to provide rehab services to the members evacuating a wing of the hospital due to a severe storm related flooding situation which caused severe damage to the hospital. This was a second alarm incident with activation of several ambulance task forces and the county technical rescue team, private ambulances and the METROLEC LEO teams as well.
This incident required the physical removal and relocation of over 70 bed ridden patients to other healthcare facilities.
Members Paul Boudreau, Tom Leone, John Harris and Matt McSheehy prepared for the response and left for Norwood with A-10 and A-11.
On scene in Norwood was member Dave Stewart who coordinated with command in advance of our arrival for the set up location for the rehab sector.
Upon arrival we deployed two tents, lighting, misting fans, seating multi-cell phone charger, and other required support equipment for the full rehab of all members working at the scene. The many firefighters, paramedics, police officers and EMT’s worked diligently to provide for the safe and efficient movement of the these patients to alternate medical facilities under difficult circumstances with the weather conditions and flooding.
Our colleagues from the Providence Canteen also responded and both groups worked together to provide rehab and food stock for the members operating in this difficult environment.
During this event we dispensed 12 cases of Gatorade, 16 cases of water, 6 gallons of coffee, cold towels, 20 pizzas, sandwiches and snacks.
A-10 and A-11 returned to quarters by 02:00 hours for restocking and clean up.
Photos courtesy of Brian Kerins, Paul Boudreau, Tom Leone, Dave Stewart and Matt McSheehy
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