, Salem, MA


October 4, 2013

Our view: Cheers, jeers for local lawmakers


After his son died, the elder John Locke adopted the traffic island at Locust and North streets and hired a landscaper to take care of it. This year, he asked the landscaper to plant sunflowers. It wasn’t long before they disappeared.

“What would possess you to steal sunflowers out of a memorial?” Locke asked reporter Ethan Forman earlier this week, adding that if the thieves really wanted sunflowers, he would have bought them for them.

It’s the very definition of petty theft.

CHEERS to Topsfield call firefighter Charles Brown and other early-morning fitness fanatics who worked together to save a life Tuesday morning.

Brown was working out at the Boston North Fitness Center in Danvers when a 41-year-old man collapsed while running on the treadmill.

“Charlie Brown began CPR immediately and also applied the gym’s (portable defibrillator) and converted the gentleman after one shock,” Topsfield fire Chief Ronald Giovannacci wrote in an email. “Good timing, good training, right place, right time.”

Brown was quick to share credit with fellow gym members Brett Grieco, Eric Morey and Tom Burgess.

“It was a storm of everything that could have gone right did go right,” Brown said. The victim was speaking by the time paramedics arrived. “It’s good that someone’s husband and dad will still be there.”

That’s surely true, and it’s thanks to Brown and his morning workout partners.

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