Honoring Billy Berg and all those who volunteer [Editorial]

Among the many great things about living in our communities – whether you have chosen Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Perryville or Port Deposit as your home – is there are so many good people doing really good deeds.

Whether it's putting their lives in harm's way as a volunteer firefighter, saving lives as a volunteer in emergency medical services or volunteering in equally important, but less stressful services such as in schools, churches or any of a number of groups, there are doers of good deeds everywhere.

One such volunteer was honored in Havre de Grace last week, which was designated in his honor.

Billy Berg, one of the driving forces behind the annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser to fight pediatric cancer, is one of countless people who make helping others a central part of his life.

Berg has a family history of community service. Berg, and his younger brother, Richie, and their late father, Fred, have volunteered with the Susquehanna Hose Co. in Havre de Grace for many years. Fred Berg was not only a volunteer, but also a leader, serving as an officer in Susquehanna Hose Co., the all-volunteer fire company in Havre de Grace, for years.

It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that Billy Berg has taken a lead role on such a special fundraiser as St. Baldrick's which set a record of raising $82,000 this year, eclipsing last year's record $80,500. About $300,000 has been raised by the annual event since it started in Havre de Grace in 2014.

"It's really, really amazing," Havre de Grace Mayor Bill Martin said about what Berg and all of those who have helped raise so much money.

The amazing thing isn't the success of St. Baldrick's, but rather how many people are doing, albeit on a lesser scale, so much for so many worthy causes in our area.

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