911 day to honor first responders

By Bob Shiles - bshiles@robesonian.com

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners will be updated on Monday about plans for the county’s first 911 Remembrance Walk.

Stephanie Chavis, who heads up Emergency Management for Robeson County, is on the board’s meeting agenda to discuss the planned 3.43-mile walk that will remember the 343 first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists toppled the World Trade Center in New York.

The state is now recognizing Sept. 11 as “First Responders Day.” Robeson County will hold its inaugural event on Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Luther Britt Park.

Events for the day include fire, rescue and police demonstrations, an antique fire truck show, activities for young people, displays of fire, rescue and police vehicles, and a firefighter competition.

The commissioners on Monday will also hold a public hearing related to Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding, as well as possible funding available through other Community Development Block Grant programs. The Board of Commissioners anticipates submitting an application this year.

During the hearing, members of the public will be offered an opportunity to offer their ideas on how the disaster recovery funds should be used to help move forward the county’s recovery from Hurricane Matthew.

In other business, the commissioners:

— Will consider a request from County Sheriff Ken Sealey for $6,860 to purchase single cell transport cages to be installed in new police cars.

— Consider a resolution allowing Capt. Reggle Strickland, of the Sheriff’s Office, to keep his firearm when he retires Aug. 31.

— Sitting as the Housing Authority Board will consider bids for website design, development and hosting services.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the commissioners’ room of the county administration building. The administration building is located at 701 N. Elm St. in Lumberton.

By Bob Shiles


Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

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