December 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jody Puckett, JCC Communications Director
2011 Chairman’s Awards recognize staff and a supporter of nation’s veterans
Two County staff members and a County citizen have received the 2011 Chairman’s Award from James City County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Mary Jones. Emergency Management Director, Kate Hale, and Public Fire Educator, Margaret Tucker, were recognized for their service and support to the Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Harry Walters was recognized for his vision to honor the contributions and sacrifices of the nation's veterans. The awards were presented at the Dec. 13 regular Board of Supervisors meeting.
The County’s CERT program, established under the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was adopted in 2003 within the Fire Department’s Division of Emergency Management. The program has trained 342 citizens, certified nine organized neighborhood citizen response teams, and provided leadership and instruction for regional CERT programs. Through community outreach, education and collaboration, Hale and Tucker have worked to create well informed and properly trained citizen teams that are a vital component of the County’s emergency response program.
Harry Walters worked to find a location and raised money for a Veterans Tribute Tower, which is now located in New Town. He led a group that organized a successful Veterans Day Parade, the first of its kind in James City County. Walters also planned a number of other events during Veterans Day weekend, including activities with school children, a dedication ceremony and entertainment. Walters plans to continue his efforts in the community.
PHOTO CAPTION 1: From left to right: James City County Emergency Management Director, Kate Hale; Board of Supervisors Chairman, Mary Jones; and Public Fire Educator, Margaret Tucker.
PHOTO CAPTION 2: Board of Supervisors Chairman, Mary Jones; Harry Walters, local veterans supporter.