By Faye Gaston

On Thursday, May 27, 2021, a group gathered in the conference room of the Union Springs Fire Department for the formal presentation of protective equipment to the Bullock County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Union Springs Fire Department. The protective equipment to be used during the COVID-19 pandemic consisted of face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and face shields.

These were donated by the Tuskegee University and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Dr. Vivian Carter, Tuskegee University Psychology and Sociology, Chair, reminded the group of the importance of wearing masks, keeping the social distance, and frequent washing of hands.

With Dr. Carter were Mary Brooks, Community Health Educator, and LaTanya Hunt-Harlson, Tuskegee University County Extension Department (partnered with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Health Fair and Health Forum).

Dr. Carter explained that the equipment was to be given to anyone who made a request. EMA Director, Ray Scott, gave his phone number, 334-850-4038, to take requests. Fire Department Chief, Rob Cameron, advised calling City Hall (334-738-2720) to make requests to the Fire Department.

Rob Cameron and Ray Scott spoke their appreciation for the "generosity" of the "much needed" protective equipment. Union Springs Mayor Roderick Clark and Union Springs Police Chief Ronnie Felder were present to show their gratitude on behalf of the City.

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