The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 27, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Thursday, March 27, 2014

EOC director expresses thanks to residents

I would like to express this agency's appreciation to the Raleigh County first responders and our county residents, sheltering facilities along with their personnel, law enforcement, fire, EMS personnel, wrecker services and many others who have demonstrated acts of kindness to support our task goal in emergency management, of that to protect and serve.  

During this past winter our county experienced several bouts of very cold temperatures as well as “several” inches of snow.  I am certain that each of us experienced some level of inconvenience, even yours truly, during one storm, my friend Julie and I spent what seemed to be hours shoveling my vehicle out of a snowbank. When I was ready to toss in my shovel, my neighbor came home from work and simply started helping me with my daunting task and in less than 30 minutes, my vehicle was ready to take me back to my place of work, the 911/Emergency Services Center. Dave and Penny Richardson and Julie, you are great neighbors.

Neighbors helping neighbors, that's what makes me proud to live and work in Raleigh County and that is what will help to keep our needs to a minimum during emergencies and other difficulties that we confront.

I thank the entire staff for their dedication. I can say without reservation: Raleigh County, your 911 Center thanks you, and we hope your spring and summer are safe, full of good health, good weather and fun with friends and family.

In closing I would like to encourage each family to put together an emergency plan that will help sustain each family member, and especially those with special needs, small children and the elderly. Please visit for important information.   

Margaret “Marty” Agee,


Beckley/Raleigh County Emergency Services Authority