CERT graduates get recognized

WINDER -- Weeks of training came to fruition Jan. 24 for 19 of Barrow County's most community minded citizens.

Members of the county's largest graduating class in the Community Emergency Response Team program took home honors during an awards ceremony and banquet.

The CERT team was integral in community programs during the holidays. Their work included time with food banks, flu vaccine clinics and the Christmas Empty Stocking Toy Drive, said CERT member Connie Keener.

CERT team members train throughout the year in preparation to help the county's first-responders in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Keener credited outgoing CERT president Bob Richardson, at the helm since 2007, with doing "a fabulous job in developing the team and making it as successful as it is today."

Richardson handed over the reins to incoming president Janet Jeanes.

CERT training teaches everyday citizens preparation tactics to use in the face of disasters. The graduating team was also honored by the Winder City Council in November.

The next eight-week basic CERT class begins Feb. 11. For more information contact organizers by e-mailing info@barrowcert.org or by calling 770-868-7270.