Thursday, May 31, was a busy day at the Haleyville City Hall where presentations were made on the history of 9-1-1, the first phone call 50 years ago, the status of 9-1-1 today, and the future of the system. FYI, the immediate future will encompass the use of text in making that emergency call. An announcement was made by Craig Floyd, President, and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. the historic phone used 50 years ago for the first 9-1-1 phone call will become part of a permanent display in the museum commemorating that call and the city of Haleyville.
Thursday evening at the awards banquet at the Armed Forces Training Center, eleven responders were presented with flags by Congressman Robert Aderholt which had flown over the U.S. Capitol. Those awards were for Officer/Deputy/Trooper of the year, Rodney Lewis, Haleyville, Deputy Chief Jon Tidwell, Double Springs, and Jacob Taylor, WCSO. Fireman of the year, Dean Morgan, Haleyville and David Robins, Double Springs. Dispatcher of the year, Ron Alexander, Haleyville, Lynn Vickery, WCSO, and Debbie Tidwell, E911. Reserve Deputy/Officer of the year, Tim Williams, WCSO and Michael Brown, Double Springs. Rescue squad member of the year, Justin Cowens, Haleyville.