“The governor sent us a letter to let us know he appreciated what we did in helping other counties,” said commission chairman Doug Mangham. “I think our brave men and women did the right thing. We were lucky the tornado missed us. When people are down, we need to help them.”
Pike County Emergency Services, sheriff’s deputies and the county road department all helped and provided equipment for rescue and recovery efforts in Lamar, Meriwether and Spalding counties.
“On behalf of … Georgia and all the families and individuals affected by the tornadoes that impacted our state in April 2011, please accept my sincere appreciation for the support, generosity and compassion you provided to assist in our response and recovery efforts,” wrote Gov. Deal. “Those affected by these record-breaking tornadoes continue to express their appreciation for the professionalism and assistance you provided throughout the entire event.”
Mangham said volunteer firefighters and first responders helped in Lamar, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters helped in Meriwether and the road department loaned equipment for work in Lamar and worked to clear roads in northern Pike and southern Spalding.
“While some may remember your name and your specific contribution, others will remember the overall kindness and compassion shown by so many neighbors and friends and even strangers from far away,” Gov. Deal wrote. “Thank you so much for your generous efforts. On behalf of all Georgians, I’m grateful for your assistance.”