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Stamp sale raises money for monument, 9-11 victims

June 30, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

FUNKSTOWN - Stamp collector Ashley Ferguson finally found the special stamp she has been looking for that shows firefighters raising an American flag over the World Trade Center rubble.

Ferguson, 10, of Smithsburg, and her family were among dozens of people who stopped by the Funkstown fire hall Saturday morning to purchase the stamps or commemorative envelopes bearing the stamps and a special cancellation mark.

The cancellation had a Funkstown postmark and the words "Heroes of 2001."

Both were for sale as part of a fund-raiser organized by the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association.

In about two hours Saturday morning, association officials, with the help of the Funkstown postmaster, raised almost $500 for the families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and for a monument to fallen firefighters.

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The special envelopes cost $5 and the stamps sold for 45 cents.

Funkstown Postmaster Helen Downs said $100 was raised Saturday morning for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is using the money to help the families of 9-11 victims.

About $365 was raised for the county fire and rescue association, which will donate that money to the Maryland Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Downs said. L. Jason Baer, association president, said the memorial will be a statue erected in Annapolis.

"I think it went very well. We were only there for two hours," Downs said.

Washington County Republican state Dels. Christopher B. Shank and Robert A. McKee, who each bought one of the commemorative envelopes, said it is good to recognize and support the efforts of firefighters.

For Ashley, it was a chance to add to her 100-stamp collection.

She said she's been using the Internet and calling post offices to try to find out where she could get the 9-11 stamp.

Ashley's father, Byron Ferguson, said that in addition to going into her collection, the stamp will probably become part of a lesson in recent history for Ashley and her sister, Victoria, who are homeschooled.

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