Having answered the call for help and provided relief assistance to areas in Kentucky hard-hit by an ice storm in late January, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) were recognized at ceremonies in Columbus and Chillicothe.
On March 9, members of the mission relief teams from Districts 8 and 9 participated in a debriefing at ODOT Central Office, where they were recognized by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and awarded the designation of Kentucky Colonel.
Then on March 10, those from District 9 were greeted with a separate reception hosted by District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart, who presented team members Tim Dobbins, Ricky Brown, Brent Davis, Tony Gulley and Brent Bowles with certificates of appreciation.
“We are extremely proud of the efforts of the entire mission team, and especially of those from District 9,” said Brushart. “It is an honor to recognize them for their service to the district and the department, as well as for their hard work in Kentucky and their willingness to serve when called.”
The call for help came in early February when the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management requested assistance from ODOT Director Jolene M. Molitoris, who instructed the highway management departments from Districts 8 and 9 to assemble and deploy two teams and equipment to Benton and Hickman in southwestern Kentucky.
The first mission team was a backhoe team sent to Hickman, and it included District 9’s Dobbins of Jackson, Brown of West Union, Davis of Ripley, Gulley of Hillsboro, and Bowles of Latham. The second mission — a front-end loader mission sent to Benton — included Al Phillips from Central Office and District 8 employees Ted Dietrich, Wayne Henson, Jeff Estep and John Walsh.
“Efforts such as this are vital to helping states restore and preserve their infrastructure, so it was imperative that we were able to offer our assistance, and we were pleased to join in the cooperative relief effort and help our neighbors and friends in Kentucky,” added Brushart.
During the weeklong clean-up effort, the crews cut trees and cleared debris from roadways, working where and when needed.