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SERVPRO of Jonesboro NEA First Responder Hero Day 2023
Photography by James Bickham
In a world where chaos and emergencies often take center stage, it's the first responders who stand as the pillars of strength and support. These dedicated individuals selflessly rush to the aid of those in need, often risking their own lives to ensure our safety and well-being. To express gratitude and appreciation for their unwavering dedication, SERVPRO of Jonesboro recently hosted a heartwarming event at Judd Hill Farmers' Market, bringing together the community to celebrate and honor our local first responders.
On a sunny Monday morning, the grounds of Judd Hill Farmers' Market were transformed into a hub of warmth and gratitude. The event, organized by SERVPRO of Jonesboro amongst several sponsors, was a beautiful tribute to the brave men and women who work tirelessly to keep our community safe.
The event was a true feast for the senses, featuring a variety of delicious food, refreshing drinks, and a mouthwatering assortment of sweets, all generously provided by local sponsors. Attendees were treated to a delectable spread that catered to every palate, creating an inviting atmosphere that encouraged camaraderie and conversation.
The day began with a heartfelt welcome speech from the team at SERVPRO of Jonesboro, expressing their deep appreciation for the first responders who consistently put the community's needs before their own. Their dedication and sacrifice were acknowledged with respect and admiration.
Local firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and other first responders, along with their families, enjoyed the festivities, taking a well-deserved break from their demanding roles. The event provided an opportunity for them to connect with one another, sharing stories and experiences that only those in their line of work can truly understand.
A highlight of the event was the heartwarming interactions between the first responders and the community members who turned out to show their support. As each speaker spoke their words of gratitude and encouragement, you could tell they truly had a passion for what was taking place. Throughout the day, gratitude was in the air. Jonesboro Firefighters Bags and Pipes even played the National Anthem and it was spectacular.
Although it takes a team of dedicated individuals to become successful in putting service above self-daily, awards were presented to outstanding individuals in each department. The recipients include:
- Jamie Seaborn – Police department
- Bill Vacco – Fire department
- Cody Latner – Sheriff’s department
- Billy Brown – Emerson Ambulance
- Hurricane Deployment Team – Medic One
As the event ended, the first responders departed with a newfound sense of appreciation and a community that stands behind them. SERVPRO of Jonesboro's commitment to recognizing the invaluable service of these brave individuals left a lasting mark on the hearts of all who attended.
The event at Judd Hill Farmers' Market was a testament to the power of community support and the importance of showing gratitude to our local heroes. It served as a reminder that, in times of crisis, we are not alone but surrounded by a caring and appreciative community ready to lend a helping hand.
SERVPRO of Jonesboro's gesture of hosting this event for our first responders is a shining example of how a small act of kindness can have a profound impact on our community. It reminds us that, by coming together and expressing our gratitude, we can create a more connected and compassionate society. They are the ones who run toward danger when we run away, and they deserve our unwavering support and gratitude.
Read more about this event in the Jonesboro Sun newspaper!
Back-To-School Season is Here!
SERVPRO of Jonesboro can help make this time of year a little easier. We understand this time of year can be stressful for you and your family.
Back-to-school season is here! This requires a lot from parents, teachers, and students. From school shopping, meal prepping, and regulating your sleep schedule, it’s important to come up with a game plan and stick to it. To ensure everyone’s safe and prepared SERVPRO has created a list of tips and suggestions that you be useful:
- Plan your commute. Leave at a comfortable time to prevent rushing to work so that kids can cross the road safely. Be sure to make complete stops at crosswalks and look both ways.
- Buy reflective patches to go on your kid’s book bags.
- Designate family members to pick up your child in case of an emergency. Give this information to the school’s administration early in the year.
- Have safety talks with your kids periodically so that they don’t forget.
- Get everything ready the night before throughout the school year.
- Don’t just make sure the kids eat breakfast, parents and teachers need it just as much! This can prevent burn-out as you get closer towards hectic times of the year.
- Network in your community to find businesses that sponsor back-to-school necessities and events for free.
Our list is a great start but Children’s Educational Services has created a list of over 100 tips and tricks to help everything run smoothly and efficiently throughout the school year.
How Can SERVPRO Help?
SERVPRO of Jonesboro is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We’re dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster with training, equipment, and experience. We are here for all your emergency services to respond to water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, storm damage, and commercial services. Our trained technicians are in full uniform, and background screened to provide you with a piece of mind so you can focus on seeing your school, home, or business returned to a preloss condition.
The Mayor's New Plans for Jonesboro, Oh My!
Mayor Copenhaver has big plans for Jonesboro.
Being affiliated with Rotary Club of Jonesboro, SERVPRO gets the opportunity to be a part of an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, help build goodwill and better friendships, eradicate polio, and more. As we meet once a week and become more involved in the community, speakers come and inform members about current events and other organizations.
Mayor Harold Copenhaver spoke earlier this month and delivered an encouraging speech on his plans for Jonesboro. Mayor Copenhaver served as a member of the Board of the Jonesboro Rotary Club. The club was thrilled he was able to clear his schedule for a moment.
The mayor started his speech by discussing the proactivity that Jonesboro has been focusing on regarding the topics that have been predicted for the upcoming presidential election. Security and crime are the two main topics that Jonesboro is prioritizing to create better living in Jonesboro.
There will be a shift in how many days police officers get off work due to working long hours. We need officers well rested and alert to keep Jonesboro safe.
So far, Mayor Copenhaver has dedicated over $3 million to technology and infrastructure upgrades to provide more safety and lower crime. This includes installing more sky cops to help solve crime quickly, traffic count, pedestrian safety, and more.
More than 70% of students do not have the technology to continue their education at home. Ritter Communications donated $4.5 million to make sure this is no longer the case. Banks and other organizations have also donated over half a million dollars to fund future projects in Jonesboro.
SERVPRO Supports Teacher Appreciation Week!
SERVPRO loves our teachers!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all of our hardworking teachers that work diligently to provide education to those in the community. Each year SERVPRO® selects schools to provide lunch for in support of Teach Appreciation Week.
This year, SERVPRO decided to support Nettleton High School, University Heights School of Medical Arts, and the Health, Wellness, & Environmental Studies Magnet School.
SERVPRO of Jonesboro was able to feed over 170 teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Nettleton High and UHSMA were provided hearty pork steaks, warm baked potatoes, baked beans, and more delicious treats provided by Sammy Lewis BBQ Catering. HWESMS was served mouthwatering Jimmy John's sandwiches, a variety of chips, and assorted cookies.
SERVPRO has been doing this tradition for several years. This is one-way SERVPRO of Jonesboro displays its gratitude to teachers within the community. Our team values the work teachers put forth. Without educators, our communities would be deprived of growth and development. We demonstrate admiration for our teachers consistently for everything they do, thank you.
2015 Business Expo
Tonight begins the 2015 Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. SMR, Eddie Wofford, has a booth prepared to share with other businesses on the night of March 31 otherwise called the Business Showcase. Tomorrow, April 1, the show is open to the public. Eddie will greet many people from the community and be able to share the work of SERVPRO and how we can help them in a time of need. Many people will leave with a SERVPRO giveaway as well.
2015 Home & Garden Show
As members of the Home Builders Association our SMR, Eddie Wofford, setup this booth to let potential customers know we're here if they need us. Eddie had drying equipment on hand, FLIR camera and our trade show loop on the TV. With items to giveaway many people left with something to remember SERVPRO of Jonesboro.
2015 CE Course - Fire Restoration
On 3/13/15 our SMR, Eddie Wofford, along with our office hosted a CE class for Insurance Agents & Adjusters in NEA. The course was 4 hours in length provided by SERVPRO Corporate followed by 4 hours of Ethics provided by Textile Vendor CRDN. We supplied breakfast and lunch so that no one had to leave the location. All courses were approved by the Arkansas Insurance Department. Each attendee left with a fire extinguisher and other goodies. We provide these type of courses annually but on a different topic each time. Further, the location was at the NEA Food Bank which allows attendees to see the full operation to feed those in our community.
School Earthquake Drill
Children taking cover under tables and desk.
Mickey Felts, SMR, with SERVPRO of Jonesboro has been completing Emergency Ready Plans for locals schools. During a site visit on Monday, October 20, 2014, he was able to see the Earthquake Drill. It's very important to know that our children, teachers and faculty as well as local Emergency Management Members take emergency planning seriously. You can learn more about the ERP by visiting SERVPRO.com/ready and if you would like one for your school or business please let us know by calling 870-934-0501.
Arkansas Adjuster Association Luncheon
Arkansas Adjuster Association Luncheon
As a member of the Arkansas Adjuster Association in Little Rock, AR often times they need lunch sponsors. SERVPRO of Jonesboro, SERVPRO of Central Little Rock/Cammack Village & SERVPRO of NW Little Rock was lunch sponsors yesterday, 11/20/13. We were able to provide not only lunch but goodie bags with various items for the group of approximately 52 members and guest. It was a great honor for Shelly Lerew, SERVPRO of NW Little Rock to be nominated by the members for 2nd Vice President. Shelly was also given an opportunity to speak to the group about SERVPRO as a whole. The enjoyment from an event like this is the promotion of SERVPRO within Arkansas and not just one single franchise. Eddie Wofford, SMR, SERVPRO of Jonesboro represented our office in a SERVPRO Hero fashion. I would like to thank the other two SERVPRO offices for the willingness to join with us during this time.
Growing with Jonesboro!
On July 17, 2013 we had our official Chamber of Commerce Grand Opening photograph at our office. Pictured are SERVPRO employees, Chamber Employees, Ambassadors of the Chamber and the Mayor of Jonesboro. You may see this photo in the Jonesboro Sun as well as the monthly Chamber newsline. We are proud to serve Jonesboro and surrounding communities. Thank you Jonesboro for allowing SERVPRO to assist you in all your fire, smoke, water, storm, flood and mold events. You can reach our office by calling 870-934-0501.
American Red Cross and their Ready Rating™ program
Ready Rating: A FREE Service from the American Red Cross.
SERVPRO is a lead sponsor of the American Red Cross and their Ready Rating™ program. Ready Rating is a free, web-based program developed to help businesses; schools and organizations plan and prepare for disasters and emergencies. In addition to employee and public-facing fundraising initiatives, franchises will be trained to serve as advocates for the Ready Rating program within their community.
SERVPRO franchises (appx 1,600) donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross to become a national sponsor. This sponsorship will renew annually and possibly increase in donation size. At SERVPRO we feel the need to partner with the American Red Croos because in times of disaster both companies are responding to assist those in need after fire, water or storm damage.
The Ready Rating will make certain that your business is prepared in times of crisis. SERVPRO has an Emergency Ready Program (ERP) that will help prepare your building in times of crisis. Both the Ready Rating from the American Red Cross and the SERVPRO ERP are needed to ensure you are 100% ready. Please note that these two programs are FREE and all you have to do is log onto the Ready Rating site or for an ERP call SERVPRO of Jonesboro at 870-934-0501 and ask for Cary Park or Eddie Wofford.
At SERVPRO of Jonesboro we look forward to working with our local chapter of the American Red Cross to find ways in which we can continue raising funds to support the American Red Cross for disaster relief.