NEWS/COMMUNITY   By Winchester Selectmen Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you, until we meet again. As we all know, there was a tragedy that happened this past Saturday. A young boy lost his life while sledding. Something that anyone growing up in Winchester has done so […]

NEWS/COMMUNITY   By Winchester Selectmen Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you, until we meet again. As we all know, there was a tragedy that happened this past Saturday. A young boy lost his life while sledding. Something that anyone growing up in Winchester has done so […]

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Matthew Worral, pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship, in Winchester with Jeremy Miller, pastor of Center Church, leads a vigil for Keyton Marrotte in prayer in Winchester Monday night. Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

 

By Winchester Selectmen

Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you, until we meet again.

As we all know, there was a tragedy that happened this past Saturday. A young boy lost his life while sledding. Something that anyone growing up in Winchester has done so many times on that hill. Something I have done. Something my children have done. It was a ritual of childhood to climb that hill and sled back down as fast as we can, just to jump off and run back up again. It was hard work climbing up, but oh so much fun sledding down. And from what I have heard about Keyton, he loved to have fun. We have seen his picture and his magnetic smile. I have heard the many stories about him and how he was everyone’s friend. How he loved every one and he loved life. Let us remember how to love like that in our own lives.

Mr. Roger’s once said “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

We saw the helpers on Saturday. From the bystanders who witnessed the accident and immediately reacted to the first responders and members of the EMS departments to the emergency personnel at Cheshire Medical Center to the bystanders that quietly stood and prayed. All of them helpers. To the friends and family of Keyton, who are a wonderful support system for his mother and father and siblings, and the new friends that are made when tragedy strikes, they are all helpers. To be a helper, you don’t have to do great big things. You only need to care and to love.

When I was at the vigil the other night, someone came up to me and said, boy, this town certainly comes together when something bad happens.

And I looked around and I saw the helpers. I saw the great love for Keyton and  for

his family.

We are all family here in this town. If someone is hurting, we are all hurting. And we will do whatever we can to be a helper.

Our condolences are given to Keyton’s family. His mother Belinda and his Father Kurt and all of his siblings and his extended family. You should be proud of the boy you raised. He has left his legacy on this town and he will never be forgotten.

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