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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…

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  • Still no power in my little corner of Hell!

    Thursday, 14 September 2017, 12:59 pm
  • Thank you to the WREC empliyees, first responders and all the civilians that worked tirelessly and still are we had the pleasure of meeting one of the WREC emploors, fine young man. Prayers for those still suffering from this didaster. Forgot that in my first rant, which instill have doubts if it will get posted, setiously, I do do believe that Tom will post it and except a lot of flack, but idk. The truth is the truth, no matter which way some you all may spin it.

    Thursday, 14 September 2017, 12:40 pm
  • Well, let’s see, here’s our experience…
    My granddaughter, who was terribly afraid, was turned away from a shelter because she hadn’t “pre-registered,” and we’ve been 69-hours without power while my husband uses his oxygen tanks!
    Anyone else find this “not so wonderful?”

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 5:04 pm
    • YEP SulfuricMist, I do. You could NOT REACH EMERGENCY MANGEMENT, kept getting non emergency sherriffs . I tried desperately to get the elderly people in Magnolia Manor rescued, as the were trapped with no power and no elevator of course, was told this was going on a priority.and apparently they weren’t a priority. I called a local radio station and reported it and asked for FEMA phone number, I had no phones etc, used cell phone. Anyway, couldn’t reach FEMA, but funny how everyone started calling and asking for FEMA no. After that. Strange how we were declared a disaster area next day!! They did get power yestetday, haven’t heard if they were ok. Pray they are and not a repeat of HOLLYWOOD,FL which 8 people died I doubt if this gets posted, and it certainly not to chastise Tom Lemons., I simply had no Internet access There are regular people helping people as I am writing this. Can’t believe they turned ANYONE AWAY FROM A SHELTER, that is criminal and should be reported to Gov. SCOTT . DO YOU have power now and is your husband ok?? Survive a hurricane and then have to deal with the heart wrenching stories is very stressful, for me anyway , probably not for those stuffing there faces and tooting their own horns!!!! Thanks Tom if you do post this, you do a fine job and missed it a lot!!

      Thursday, 14 September 2017, 11:59 am
  • If this was a real storm it would have been catastrophic. .whats been done so well?

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 1:57 pm
    • AMEN TO THAT POST DAN!!

      Thursday, 14 September 2017, 12:02 pm
  • Tree sitting on pole 2 wires hanging down on Amber Woods Street Spring Hill.

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 11:15 am
  • Still without power Amber Woods. Have not seen any WREC trucks over here. Alot of elderly people live over here. Sharing our ice with neighbors.

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 10:47 am
  • Tom:
    There isn’t much to say, I know this shocks many people who know me, you said it all and very eloquently. I would also like to thank you for reporting things on such a timely basis.my confidence in this county has been restored.

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 7:16 am
  • Yes, thanks to all our hard working officials and thanks to Tom Lemon as well for a great job of keeping us informed.

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 6:18 am
  • Don!t forget all the men @ women that got most of us their power back on. Working around the clock. THANKS GUYS

    Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 4:44 am
    • Notaspringbreaker U R A LOSER!!
      Go back to New York.
      Does ur hand reach around ur back???
      Ur like the fireman that starts fires.
      The world would be a MUCH better place without U. So go HOME 🏡
      U OBVIOUSLY R A spring breaker , because we ALL know ur a PHONY.

      Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 3:33 pm
  • @ Roger next time you call 911because your having a heart attack make sure you have a sandwich ready, ok (shaking head and laughing) !?!

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 11:00 pm
  • Is it OK to talk about climate change now?

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 10:49 pm
  • Well said…But don’t forget the job done by RNRF

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 10:13 pm
  • thank you to all who worked so hard. Thank you to all our LEO’s who did a great job. Thank you HCSO for all you do.

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 9:56 pm
  • Thank you Thank you God Bless ❤

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 9:42 pm
  • Thanks to all our well fed heroes! Even though they were paid around the clock,and made quite a chunk of change at tax payer expense,they deserve an atta boy for having to endure press conferences between snacks and meals.It might take a village,but it does not take a panel of talking heads to remind you repeatedly that,yes we are in a storm…

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 9:35 pm
  • Thank you to all the great County and City of Brooksville officials and staff and to the Hernando County School District employees and residents who volunteered and staffed the School Shelters tirelessly for over 5,000 evacuees and kept us safe. You are all to be commended for putting Hernando County residents as your #1 Priority in potentially life-threatening circumstances.

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 9:32 pm
  • I cannot say enough good things about the response to this hurricane. I truly felt that I was getting the best advice and then, after evacuating to a shelter, I had the best experience one could have under those circumstances. Very glad that I live in Hernando County and am sending a big thank you out to all of the people, including you , Tom, for keeping us safe and informed during Irma. Shout out to West Hernando Middle School for being a great shelter during the storm.

    Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 9:18 pm

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