September 30, 2008

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

AFC Crew Returns from Hurricane Ike Detail

Four Alabama Forestry Commission employees have returned from Texas where they assisted with emergency supply distribution in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Stationed in Beaumont, Texas, this disaster response crew was working in cooperation with a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The team served a 12-day detail, after leaving on September 14th. Several AFC crews served on similar storm details in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

All four men, Derrick Heckman (St. Clair County), Gene Lyons (Calhoun County), Phillip Smith (Etowah County), and Gary Thompson (Covington County) also volunteered for Texas and/or California wildfire details earlier this year.

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