Recent tragic events challenged our community at its core as we learned of the unspeakable loss of life as a result of last week’s shooting. As a community, we met that challenge. Within hours of the news, our community members were opening up their arms to support our neighbors, some of whom they had never met, to help those struggling to heal. They offered free counseling, fundraisers, and simply stood in support with candles in hand, in hopes of eliminating some of the pain. That is the Gilbert we know and the Gilbert we remain today.
To those who were close to the family, I share my condolences and encourage you to accept any assistance offered your way. Gilbert is a community where I want you to continue to feel safe and secure.
If you did not have a chance to attend our Community Meeting, I encourage you to visit our Web page, where you can hear from our Mayor and the Gilbert Police Department. Their goal is to continue to keep us safe and reassure us during a tragic time in our history. The page is also a great place to go to find fundraisers where you can continue to help the families. I encourage anyone hosting a fundraiser to send us the information (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can help spread the word and offer opportunities for those looking to help.
Just days before these events took place, our community held a candlelight vigil to honor three fallen public safety heroes. Our officers work hard every day to keep us safe. I also want to take a moment to thank our public safety workers who are focused and highly skilled, and care about each and every one of us. You can join me in paying tribute to those who did sacrifice their lives for our safety in this video of the April 30 vigil.
Ultimately, we need to allow our community’s strong character to help those who need to heal and to overshadow this trying time.
Thank you for being Gilbert.
-Patrick Banger, Town Manager