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Randolph County Commission honors first responders

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brad Johnson Randolph County first responders attend Thursday’s Randolph County Commission meeting and take part in a proclamation ceremony honoring them for their ceaseless efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission honored the county’s first responders with a special proclamation Thursday.

“We wanted to take a moment to thank you all for everything you have done to keep our citizens safe,” Commissioner Mark Scott told the more than 20 first responders gathered during Thursday’s commission meeting.

“It was announced today that unfortunately we had our first citizen pass away from the COVID-19 virus,” Scott said. “But the fact that we’ve had 222 infections without one death until today is a testament to the hard work that you all have done. So what we wanted to do was proclaim today your day.”

Commission President David Kesling read the proclamation, which states, “Recognizing all Randolph County first responders and healthcare workers for the tireless and dedicated service that you perform every day, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Randolph County Commission wishes to express our profound appreciation and our commitment to continue to make sure that you receive the resources necessary to perform your duties.”

Among those gathered for the meeting were Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady and Deputies Brad Sharp, Ethan Carr and Aaron Channell; 911 Director Cindy Hart; Heather Brown of Randolph County EMS; Chief Clarence Turner of the Whitmer VFD, Chief Bob Elbon of the Tygart Valley Fire Department, and Jonathan Swecker of the Huttonsville/Mill Creek Fire Department; and Dr. Mindy Chua and Dr. Phil Chua of Davis Health System.

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