FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2012
Contact: Liz Mills, Director of Media Relations and Communications, 571-251-5568 (mobile) [email protected]
Loudoun County, VA: Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel were officially recognized this week by Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell for their tireless efforts during the aftermath of the June 29th storm known as a derecho.
For five days deputies were stationed throughout the county conducting traffic control at various major intersections where a total of 17 traffic signals were without power and had to be staffed 24-hours-a-day. In addition to other calls for service, deputies also responded to numerous fallen trees and other debris blocking roadways. This effort required an emergency call-out for agency sworn staff.
“Many of our personnel left their own families without power and in the dark to help thousands of county residents in the same situation,” said Loudoun Sheriff Michael L. Chapman. “This certificate of recognition and the outpouring of support deputies received from county residents after the storm, let the deputies know how much they were appreciated for doing the necessary work to keep residents safe,” Chapman added.
Delegate David I Ramadan (87th District of Virginia) presented the Certificate of Recognition on behalf of Governor McDonnell on August 7th. Delegate Ramadan requested the recognition for Sheriff’s Office personnel after seeing firsthand their efforts in keeping Loudoun safe and traffic moving after the recent storms. “Although power and traffic signals were out in the area of Route 50 and Loudoun County Parkway, deputies were able to maintain a safe passage for area motorists throughout the day and night,” said Delegate Ramadan.
The Certificate of Recognition, which was signed by Governor McDonnell on July 24, 2012, recognizes the agency for being instrumental in clearing the roads, keeping traffic flowing and maintaining overall order in the aftermath of the recent storms that ravaged the Commonwealth of Virginia.