Editors Note: A Community Arm-in-Arm in the Face of Disaster, Leadership Tested Under Fire
Editor’s Note: Tom Lemons,
RNRF would like to send out a HUGE thank you to all our first responders, emergency operations employees, volunteers, and anyone who took time out to help others prepare for Irma’s potentially devastating impact.
To Chief Scott Heckler and Deputy Chief Kevin Carroll, and the men and women who worked tirelessly around the clock to protect lives and property – they deserve the highest of accommodation. The same goes for Sheriff Al Nienhuis, Chief George Turner, and all the sworn Deputies/Officers and civilian employees who left their own families to stand guard over our residents in the face of impending danger.
To the young high school volunteers of the Central and Springstead High School JROTC Units, you are the making of America’s next heroines and heroes. Thank you for your days of hard work, helping families fill sandbags to protect their homes.
To all County Officials who spent hours monitoring the situations from the Emergency Operation Center, where most survived on coffee, and a not so healthy diet of cupcakes and chips for days, while sleeping on makeshift cots, wherever they could find time to grab a quick nap.
To all those behind the scenes who we haven’t mentioned. Our county pulled together as family – setting aside our differences, chuckling at slap-happy jokes, laughing, crying, telling stories, and shaking hands and smiling with those we are sometimes as odds with. All while inside the security of a reinforced concrete and steel structure, while our citizens staired down the barrel of a potentially deadly storm.
I’ve not always agreed with the term, “it takes a village,” but when the sites of a giant apocalyptic storm are set on our community, it’s nice to know that regardless of race, religion, gender, or social status, Hernando County Residents come together, arm-in-arm to protect one another.
Thank you Hernando County and thank you for supporting RNRF…