911 Central Communications presents service awards

Photo by Jess Mancini Former 911 director D.R. Smith, center, speaks Thursday about the contributions from Mary Beth Jeffers, left, at the 911 Central Telecommunications Center. Looking on is Director Rick Woodyard. The center held a ceremony Thursday recognizing 20 years of service of employees.

PARKERSBURG — Service awards were presented Thursday to staff at the 911 Central Communications serving Wood and Wirt counties.

Marking the 20-year anniversary of the operation, the ceremony recognized seven employees with 20 years of service: Mary Beth Jeffers, Adrian Nokelby, Tommy Dotson, Duane Jones, William Riffle, C. Aaron Fleenor and Debbie Tennant.

Their abilities in dispatching, organization and administration are second to no one, according to 911 Director Rick Woodyard.

“I put you up to anyone, anywhere, anytime,” he said.

The ceremony included former 911 director D.R. Smith, Lew Peck, a former deputy sheriff in Wirt County and a member of the 911 advisory board, and Marty Seufer, administrator for the Wood County Commission. A barbecue was held with music provided by a disc jockey.

Commissioners in Wood County support the center, Seufer said.

“I know they appreciate every single employee more than you know,” he said.

Before the 911 center, communications were difficult out in the field in Wirt County, Peck said.

When the 911 operations in Wood County were consolidated, it immediately became the third largest in West Virginia, Smith said.

Jeffers was a major help, he said.

“Mary Beth kept me out of trouble a lot of times,” Smith said.

She created protocols, filing and administration processes, Smith said.

“I enjoyed working with you all,” Jeffers said.

Working at the center has been an opportunity, Fleenor, the public information officer, said. The position of public information officer came out of the International Export Import fire in October 2017, Woodyard said.

“It’s an honor and a privilege,” Fleenor said.

“It’s all about service to the community,” Nokelby said.