BLACKFOOT — With her husband in law enforcement, Laura Mansanarez understands what many families went through on Sept. 11, 2001.
She also knows that first responders aren't often appreciated as much as they will be on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of those horrific attacks on the World Trade Towers in New York City.
So she has written a poem and surrounded it with artwork she will present to local first responders in the near future.
"This is basically to honor our local guys," she said. She noted that her husband Mark is a deputy with the Bingham County Sheriff's Office. "They don't always get appreciated."
Although she hasn't been published, she has been writing most of her life.
"I haven't tried to publish," she said. "Most of the stuff I do is to encourage other people.
"I kept thinking I need to do something to honor (first responders)," she said of her latest effort. "With the 10th anniversary of 9/11, this is the perfect time to do so."
Mansanarez is originally from Burley but moved around with her family until it landed in Blackfoot. She and Mark have been married 30 years and have two grown children.