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Business collects thank you notes for Aztec High first responders

Joy Wang
December 08, 2017 10:20 PM

AZTEC, N.M. -- If anything has been learned about Aztec over the last two days, it's that the town is small but mighty and full of heart.


A local business has found a way to help the community heal, and the owner is collecting thank you notes for first responders. It's already helping the people in this town heal.

"We're trying to just be a place where people can come in, rest, have a bite to eat," said Sandi Harber, owner of Urban Rebel. "If they want to talk or pray, we're happy to be here for that."

Urban Rebel is on Main Avenue, surrounded by black and orange ribbons. It's five months old but has an owner who's lived in town for more than a decade.

"I'm very proud of this community," Harber said. "I don't think I would live anywhere else."

She's especially proud that in a time of tragedy, Aztec is strong.

"The entire community has come together," she said. "Watching the people just walk down the street today and say they just wanted to get out and get fresh air and clear their heads, and they were happy to see people open and going on with life -- not that it'll ever be the same, but that we're trying to be strong and continue."

All day Friday, she's been giving out these black and orange ribbons. They're a symbol of strength, showing support for Aztec.

"Here we're collecting thank you notes for first responders," Harber said. "My husband was in law enforcement in Tennessee for several years so I know a lot of times after something like this when it's over and everybody goes away, they're still caring for the families and the first responders can get forgotten."

But Aztec won't forget the heroes, the families and the community that's stepped up, Harber said.

"We had a mother and three small children who came in this morning and brought their thank you notes. And their mother was saying this had helped her children in dealing with what had happened," she said. "And that was an aspect I hadn't even considered when I decided to set this up, and it meant a lot to me. It broke me when she said that."

Although parts of them are broken, together they're already beginning to heal.

"I'm really impressed with the community and how they're showing up to show their appreciation," Harber said.

To drop off a thank you note, stop but Urban Rebel at 208 S. Main Ave. starting at 10 a.m. They'll close at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Harber plans to deliver the notes Monday.


Joy Wang

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