Emergency Services Staff Recognized for Hurricane Katrina Assistance in Mississippi

The Charles County Commissioners and the Director of the Charles County Department of Emergency Services (DES) recently recognized DES staff members staff who were deployed to Mississippi last year to help citizens whose lives were affected by the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. They received special service pins and certificates of appreciation. While in Mississippi, they provided logistics, animal control, and emergency medical services support. Those honored included: from the Animal Control Division, Chief C. Edward Tucker, and Animal Control Officers Susan DeGuzman, Alison Burke, and Jeffrey Gustafson; from the Fire/EMS 911 Communications Division, Supervisor Christopher Thompson and Dispatcher Jack Lowe; and from the Emergency Medical Services Division, Joseph Summers, Patrick Moore and Jean Stortzum. DES Director Donald McGuire also served in Mississippi.

PHOTO: Shown in the photo, from left, are: County Commissioner Allan R. "Al" Smith; Joseph Summers, Patrick Moore and Jean Stortzum, Emergency Medical Services; Jack Lowe, Communications; Commissioner Edith J. Patterson, Director of Emergency Services Donald P. McGuire, who also served in Mississippi; Jennifer Adams, Emergency Services Specialist; Animal Control Officer Alison Burke; Commissioner Candice Quinn Kelly; William Frazier, Assistant Chief of Fire/EMS/911 Communications; Commissioner President Wayne Cooper; Communications Supervisor Christopher Thompson; and Animal Control Officers Jeffrey Gustafson (hidden from view) and Susan DeGuzman and Chief of Animal Control C. Edward Tucker.

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