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Local officers help build Habitat home for National Day of Service and Remembrance

Officers Scott Sammons, Joel Miller and Ben Campbell, of the North Liberty Police Department, volunteered to help construct a Habitat for Humanity home on Sept. 11, the National Day of Service and Remembrance. The officers are shown with homeowner Muna Abdalla. (submitted photo)

IOWA CITY– Eleven public service officers from four area agencies joined volunteers on Friday, Sept. 11, to help construct a new home for a low-income family in observation of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
The National Day of Service encourages all Americans to engage in charitable service in tribute to the victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Off-duty officers from Coralville, North Liberty, and the University of Iowa police and fire departments, along with a deputy from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, volunteered for shifts to help out during the first day of volunteer construction at the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build project this year.
In addition, the North Liberty Optimist Club loaned two of its “Avenue of Flags” poles and flags to celebrate the occasion, and Johnson County Supervisor Terrence Neuzil joined area volunteers in providing a barbecue lunch for all volunteers.
Construction of the new home for a family of six now living in a two-bedroom apartment will continue on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through early November.
Interested volunteers are encouraged to visit marypalmbergbuild.com/volunteer to sign up to build or provide food for other volunteers throughout the home’s construction at 1603 Prairie Du Chien Rd. in Iowa City.
Sixty law enforcement officers and 343 firefighters were among 2,977 who died in the World Trade Center and on the ground on Sept. 11, 2001. Visit the National Day of Service website at http://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/days-service/septembe....