Greene County Gets Wired: Communications center helps protect

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Finally after three years worth of waiting, the residents of Greene County can call a letter and three numbers and when they are put together they can save lives.

During a historic press conference on Tuesday, officials from all parts of Greene County praised the new Greene County E-911 Communication District.

Greene County Sheriff and Chairman of the E-911 Board of Directors Johnny Isaac welcomed everyone to the historic event held in the Eutaw City Hall and the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new E-911 building. He introduced the Mayor of Eutaw Raymond Steele to the crowd of people.

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Steele said he was very honored to be apart of this wonderful day for the City of Eutaw and the rest of Greene County. This is a giant step forward for Greene County and this has been a dream of the people for many years now, he said.

“With the help of all the residents, we can help to make this E-911 system the gem of West Alabama,” Steele said.

Steele turned the floor over to the Mayor of Boligee Bonny Olayiwola, who wished everyone greetings from the small city with a big heart. Today is a great day for the people of Greene County, she said. With this new system in place, there will be countless lives saved and personal property that can be saved as well.

“We are very fortunate to have this in our county,” She said.

The Mayor of Union Esmer L. Walker said he was a volunteer fire fighter in Union and this new system would be a way to link up with the other fire departments in the county. The Greene County Commission Chairman Chip Beeker said this system would help in putting the county’s best foot forward in terms of recruiting new industries to town.

“We’ve had loads of support for E-911,” Beeker said.

The Vice-Chairman of the Greene County E-911 Board of Directors Jerry Clark said the ability to help everyone with this system is just great. Thanks to the hard work from the city and the employees of E-911, who got this thing off the ground for making this dream a reality.

“We hope this will be a blessing for the county,” Clark said.

The director of the Greene County E-911 Communication District Iris Sermon said she hoped that the system would be a link to all the rural communities in Greene County. This will definitely help link the 13 volunteer fire departments that call Greene County home.

“This will be a complete net of communication once the second phase is installed,” Sermon said.

The system will be fully operational on Monday, June 12 at 8 a.m.