Jones firefighters receive recognition

By Jeff Daley – email

Jones County, Ms (WDAM) - Jones County Emergency Management recognized several volunteer firefighters for their efforts in helping to find a missing Ovett woman earlier this summer.

Mary Bryant, who suffers from alzheimers, wandered off from her home on a Sunday evening and went missing. More than 300 volunteers and emergency personnel from several agencies spent more than 40 hours searching a fifty square mile area for Bryant.

She was eventually found alive and with minor injuries on a farm Tuesday morning.

While speaking at the August meeting of the Jones County Fire Council  Don McKinnon, Director of the Jones County emergency management praised all who took part in the search calling it a great search and rescue effort.

"The response by the volunteer fire departments in Jones County was everything that we always expected it would be with dozens of firefighters spending untold  hours in the search effort," said McKinnon. "Mrs. Bryant being safely returned to her family was the culmination of over three hundred emergency service personnel and community volunteers and it's an effort that we can all be proud of."

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