City of Valdosta kicks off Arbor Week Celebration

| February 14, 2017

VALDOSTA – The City of Valdosta is kicking off it’s week-long arbor celebration.

Community officials and first responders planted a Winged Elm tree at McKey Park on Feb. 13 in honor of the critical role that first responders play in our community. Pictured from left to right: David Bauch, EMS Administrative Chief; Amy Hall, Valdosta Tree Commission Chairperson; Brian Boutwell, Valdosta Assistant Fire Chief; Sgt. First Class William Tabb, Valdosta GSP Post Commander; Brad Shealy, District Attorney of the Southern Judicial Circuit; Bill Slaughter, Lowndes County Board of Commissioners Chairman; Larry Hanson, Valdosta City Manager; Alan Rowe, VSU Chief of Police; John Gayle, Valdosta Mayor; and Brian Childress, Valdosta Chief of Police.

After a proclamation by Mayor John Gayle on Monday, city and county leaders planted a ceremonial tree in McKey Park.

It’s in honor of local first responders, and their commitment to the community.

Many state troopers, policemen, and firefighters attended.

They have all played critical roles in the aftermath of the recent storms in the area.

“I can truly say that going through some of the shifts, we’ve had people come up and thank us for our service,” says Sgt. Walter Williams, with the Valdosta Fire Department. “This is just a bonus. It truly shows how the community feels about us and it’s an honor.”

Valdosta has been a Tree City USA for more than 30 years.

Arbor events are planned for each day this week, from planting trees to educational workshops.

The City’s annual Arbor Day Ceremony will be this Friday.

You can find more information on their website, by clicking here.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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