Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
E-mail this article
Print this Article

On behalf of the command staff of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to thank all of our employees who worked during or helped prepare for Hurricane Sandy.

While most people in Charles County hunkered down in their homes during the storm, many sheriff’s office employees including police officers, civilian and support staff and corrections officers, were out on our roadways or working from their buildings to ensure the safety of our residents.

Throughout the week, as lists of closures streamed across television screens and social media, Charles County Sheriff’s Office employees were meeting to discuss emergency preparedness. When the storm hit, our employees reported to their assignments, with a plan in place, ready to work.

I appreciate their dedication and truly believe it reflects the caring tradition of our agency.

I would also like to acknowledge the work of our local, county and state agencies who helped prepare our county, especially the Charles County commissioners and their staff, Charles County Department of Emergency Services, our 911 Communications Center, Charles County Public Facilities, Maryland State Highway Administration, La Plata Town Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Maryland State Police, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, volunteer fire and EMS departments, emergency medical technicians, Civista Medical Center, the towns of La Plata and Indian Head, the Charles County Public Schools and everyone else who went the extra mile to help our residents feel safe.

Finally, I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the fine citizens of Charles County who helped us weather this storm. We heard from so many of you who simply prayed for the safety of our public servants who are always prepared to go toward danger to help protect all of us.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Charles County is a county that cares about each other, and we thank you.

Rex W. Coffey, La Plata

The writer is the Charles County sheriff.