Jones County first responders commemorate Katrina

Jones County first responders commemorate Katrina

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - First responders from across Jones County met today at the Jones County Emergency Operations Center in Laurel for the commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

On hand was Melvin Mack, who was mayor during Katrina and Laurel's current mayor, Johnny Magee, who was one of the keynote speakers. Other attendees included county and city officials, and first responders from the area.

A marker was dedicated which was placed on the front lawn of the Jones County EOC. The marble slab is inscribed, "Honoring the people of Jones County and remembering the events that occurred August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina".

The commemoration event was one that Marda Tullos, Director of the Jones County Emergency Agency, said needed to happen. Tullos said that her office wanted to hold this ceremony to not only remember Hurricane Katrina, but to also honor those first responders that worked tirelessly in the aftermath of the storm. She says that it was also a way of remembering those that died as a result of the event.

"I wanted to have those first responders from 2005 and those from today, to honor them and to thank them for what they did and still do." Tullos said, "As bad as we thought it was going to be, from our models, it was so much worse and so our first responders did what they do because they knew it was about the lives that were devastated by Katrina."

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will be Saturday, August 29, 2015.