The County Manager thanked the Department of General Services and Public Utilities for their recent assistance in excavating areas of Jail East to perform repairs on the hot water lines. The following individuals were willing to help in any way and shared the responsibility to complete the task this past weekend: Mark Brown, Keith Gordon, Brett Gwynn, Darrell Harris, Nate Hinkle, James McComb, James Moore, Russell Stull and Kurt Woodfin.
Mark Strickler, Director of Community Revitalization, thanked all the Department Heads & Key Officials who attended the Operation Paintbrush community service project. The project was a success, and the resident was truly appreciative. Paula Reid, Director of Human Resources, stated the purpose of this project is to promote community service among employees.
Henry Rosenbaum, Battalion Chief and Fire Marshal for the Division of Fire, noted Henrico firefighters were dispatched on Saturday afternoon to Osborne Turnpike to rescue a woman trapped inside her house, which was on fire. The woman had been sleeping but was alerted by a working smoke detector and was able to relocate to another section of her house and call for help. As a result of the Division of Fire’s Smoke Alarm Initiative, this woman’s life was saved.
A Manager from the Junior Achievement of Central Virginia sent a letter of appreciation to staff members of the Libbie Mill Library and the General Services Department. A training session was held on the third floor of the Library, but the training materials were too large to fit in the elevators. Kate Cervarich, Isaak Hopson, Maria Colon, and Richard Morse assisted the manager in carrying 3 pallets worth of workbooks to the third floor classroom. The generosity of the staff was indescribable, and Junior Achievement is thankful to have an incredible neighbor on the first floor.
Kara Rothman and Mike Shoop from the Tuckahoe Area Library assisted a gentleman from Alabama find information on his ancestor who was in the Civil War in Henrico. The Alabama resident was grateful to have experienced this shining example of public service.
CBS 6 News captured a story this weekend regarding Henrico County Police Officer William Jenkins. Officer Jenkins pulled over a car for a missing brake light. The woman immediately wanted to change the light bulb but Officer Jenkins instead went above and beyond to change her light himself and check her relay box.
Mark Ballos with the Department of Community Revitalization was recognized by a resident for saving his life. Mark visited the resident’s house on a service call. The resident’s car was missing, so Mark went to a local store where he sometimes saw the resident. Mark could not locate the resident but did not find his car. Mark later decided to return to the house and enter the backyard, where he found the resident semi-conscious from a health crisis. Mark’s initiative and further search saved the resident’s life.
A Varina resident called to thank the Public Utilities Department for assisting with her trash. The resident had a large bag that she could not lift into her trash bin, so she alerted the drivers. They came back to pick up the bag without hesitation… Thank you to the employees of the Solid Waste Division.
The President of the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association gave special appreciation to the Division of Recreation and Parks. He stated Katie Wood and Michael McCormack were supportive, responsive, and creative in doing what is best and right. Jason Schilling’s guidance from a tourism perspective was amazing. Tim Coleman and his team were positive ambassadors for our county. These individuals help to bring tournaments such as the Babe Ruth World Series back to Henrico.
Paul Carper, Capital Projects Manager for Henrico County Public Schools, shared his appreciation for the cooperation he and his staff received from Building Inspections, the Purchasing Division of the Finance Department, and Risk Management on the Baker Elementary School Fire Remediation Project. Without the amazing efforts from all departments, the completion date would not have been possible.