Spartanburg County CERT
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|CERT ACTIVATIONS - 2008|
Spartanburg County CERT Team was activated on 3/5/08 and a Donation/Distribution Center was opened at SonRise Baptist Church for the 13 displaced families (40 residents) of the Wildewood Apartment fire. Of those 13 displaced families, 11 of them took advantage of the Donations Center.
During the activation period, the following CERT Members assisted with donation/distribution: Barbara Grudzien, Tony Scruggs, Marge Woodruff, Richard Yoo, Robbie Swofford, Tim Buckner, Richard McAbee, Mary McAbee, Kathy Hurry, Bruce Hurry, Steve Brown, Carol Justice, Amber Grudzien,
Arif Chaudhary, Jorge Gutierrez, Elaine Gutierrez, Tom Baker, Daniel Baker, Evelyn Blakley, Bob
Grudzien, Janis Reese, Angela Miller, Leslie Bright, Tom Broughall, Rick Isaac, Carol Robinson,
Doug Martin, and Beverly Grudzien.
In addition to our great volunteers, the following agencies/organizations should be thanked for their contribution: Rev. Moore - SonRise Baptist Church, Rev. McKee - Spartanburg Baptist Association,
Lou Parris - The Stroller - Spartanburg Herald Journal , 93.7 (promotion), 93.3 - The Planet (promotion), and News Channel 4 (promotion)
Overall, CERT's first activation was a huge success and it is thanks to all of you. I know the displaced residents of Wildewood Apartments are very thankful for the time and energy placed into this project. What CERT accomplished cannot be placed into words or done justice by picture. However, I tried to snap a few during our 6 day activation. While I'm no Doug Nissley, I hope you enjoy them.
WILDEWOOD APARTMENT FIRE - 3/5/08
On 3/5/08, the Spartanburg County CERT Team was activated and a Donation/Distribution Center was opened at SonRise Baptist Church for the 13 displaced families (40 residents) of the Wildewood Apartment fire. We would like to thank all of our CERT volunteers and everyone who helped promote this activation (Herald Journal, Stroller, News Channel 4, News Channel 7, 93.7, and 93.3). If you missed our coverage in the newspaper, please click on the links below:
By Lou Parris
On 4/10/08, Spartanburg CERT's SAR Tech Team was activated to assist the South Carolina Search & Rescue Dog Association (SCSARDA), North Carolina Search & Rescue Dog Association (NCSARDA), Glenn Springs - Pauline Fire Department (GSPFD), and Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office with the search for 53-year old Deborah Scoggin. Crews from SCARDA, NCSARDA, GSPFD, and the Spartanburg Sheriff's Office searched all night long and Thursday morning for Mrs. Scoggin's. Shortly after our arrival, Mrs. Scoggins body was found in a nearby creek. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. For more information, click on the televised coverage below:
JUNE 28, 2008 - FOUND DEVICE|
On 6/28/08, the Spartanburg County CERT Team provided support services for those on scene in addition to blocking access to the scene. I would like to thank Mike and Debbie Tate for their assistance. We received the call while at the Big Lots Preparedness Fair (see special events) and 3 support services personnel were requested. We would like to thank Food Lion and Big Lots for bottle water donation. In addition, we would like to thank Hardees for the ice and makeshift ice chests.
What Spartanburg County deputies are calling a "homemade explosive device" was discovered on Allen Avenue near Cleveland Park this afternoon . A man renovating a home near 124 Allen Avenue discovered the pipe bomb and called deputies. The Spartanburg County Bomb Team was dispatched to the scene, and disarmed the explosive. The Reverse 911 system was used to alert people on the surrounding streets, and people near the home were asked to evacuate to nearby Cleveland Park.
There were no injuries, and the investigation continues as to why a bomb was left at the home. Residents have been allowed back to their homes.
By Russ Bradly
JUNE 29, 2008 - MISSING PERSON|
On 6/29/08, 4 members of Spartanburg CERT's SAR Tech Team was activated to assist the South Carolina Search & Rescue Dog Association, Boiling Springs FD, and the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office with the search for an elderly man. Initially, Incident Command requested 4 CERT SAR members. Based on the situation, additional manpower could have been requested. Fortunately, shortly after our arrival, the missing elderly man was found. As a precautionary measure, he was taken to the hospital.
On 7/5/08, IC asked for several CERT members to provide support services to those on-scene in the Croft Community. Apparently, a controlled burn was not controlled and it spread rapidly. In addition, several unexploded ordinances were found. While we served a very limited role, we more than happy to assist. Fortunately, the fire was extinguished and no one was injured. Once again, we would like to thank Food Lion for donating water and Hardees for donating ice. In addition, you cannot say enough about those who responded from Forestry, Croft FD, Drayton FD, Pacolet FD, and the Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad. Without their hard work and dedication, this situation could have been much worse.
DECEMBER 28, 2008 - MISSING
On 12/28/08, the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the South Carolina Search & Rescue Dog Association (SCSRDA), requested 5 CERT SARTECH members for a missing person incident. The missing person, 89 year old Truman Willard, was last seen at 190 Union Hwy. Fortunately, shortly after an ENS message was sent out to the community, Truman Willard was found. Both CERT and SCSRDA callouts were cancelled. However, I would like to thank the following CERT members for responding with myself to this incident: Barbara Grudzien, Bob Grudzien, Bill Leeder (not pictured), and Johnny Tucker. To view information about previous 2008 CERT Activations, please click here: 2008 CERT Activations