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Fleming fire truck

Firefighters from Ecuador and the United States pose in front of a fire truck donated by the Fleming Fire Department. 

HIT: To helping out first responders a half-a-world away.

As part of a program based in Westchester County, the Fleming Volunteer Fire Department donated an outdated fire truck to a group of firefighters in Machala, Ecuador. The department also donated other gear along with the truck.

The Gear Up Foundation, which helped orchestrate the transfer, was started by a firefighter who survived the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York City and began looking for a way to help others.

MISS: To an Auburn woman who continues to be a danger to society.

The felon was involved in two robberies in 2016, but before she could be sentenced for those crimes, she arranged to have two prostitutes conduct business at a Cayuga County farm, with the profits going toward the purchase of drugs.

We empathize with people who are addicted to drugs, but when robbery and prostitution become a means of funding the habit, the public is put in real jeopardy. A prison sentence may or may not help straighten this woman out, but it's certainly warranted in this case.

HIT: To stepping up to make visitors feel welcome.

With hundreds of riders making their way through the area as part of the Cycle the Erie Canal tour, the Jordan community arranged to have a warm welcome ready for their guests.

Going out of the way to make people feel welcome spreads to message that this area is a great place to spend some time. And everyone benefits in the long run when people decide to include our region in their vacation plans — even if they're just passing through on their bikes.

The Citizen editorial board includes publisher Rob Forcey, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.