By NBC's Rehema Ellis and Patrice Fletcher
Today, as we did liveshots from the West Seneca, N.Y., park named for our beloved Tim Russert, a steady stream of people dropped by to leave flowers in remembrance of Tim, and well wishes for our NBC crew of six. At one point, the owner of the Red Brick Inn down the street drove up in his catering truck. He offered us the use of the restaurant's bathroom facilities and left us with a stack of menus. Soon after, a West Seneca fireman showed up in a pumper truck with six barbecue chicken dinners from his department's Father's Day celebration. Then another man, who would only give us his first name, Steve, showed up with coffee and doughnuts. A few minutes later, Steve's wife brought us cold Gatorade on this 80-degree day. It seems that Buffalo wants to make sure that Tim's NBC family is taken care of. We are the beneficiaries of their affection for him.
After videotaping people leaving flowers, flags and notes, our cameraman Steve Delmonte, said the mourners treated him like family. "I feel like I'm an ambassador for NBC," Steve said. We told him that that's exactly what he is. It's what we all are -- stand-ins, here in Buffalo, for the man they call "Timmy."
Patrice Fletcher is the field producer for Rehema Ellis, who is reporting from Tim Russert Park near Buffalo, N.Y.