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An True and Living Example Of What It Is All About

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Nov 25 2018 9:32 PM

DALE COUNTY:      This past week and weekend, Dale County Sheriff Department performed under stress. Along with Dale County Sheriff Department, other agencies worked hand in hand with them.

The first was a call on Highway 85 at a store. Now Highway 85 is difficult to get to for Dale County Sheriff Department. This is Highway 85 that stretches from Enterprise ( Coffee County ) to Geneva County ( Hartford ). A small section is in Dale County. Let Payne Palmer throw a baseball and you would not be in Dale County but in Geneva County. ( Payne can throw that baseball ).

That call brought a response from Dale County Sheriff Department and Geneva County Sheriff Department in 10 minutes. Yes right at the 10 minute mark Sheriff units from Dale and Geneva County were on the scene along with Alabama Department of Law Enforcement Colonel and Trooper.

Within minutes other agencies were on the scene from Coffee County, multiple volunteer fire and EMS, wrapped the scene up.

An example of multi agency responding, not worrying about that line that separates jurisdiction but worrying about the victims and fellow officers.

The only downfall is one created by radio manufacturers is interoperability radio communications between agencies.  But I was proud of the agencies and persons on the scene, Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson, Dale County Sheriff Chief Deputy Mason Bynum, Colonel Charles Ward, Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms, Coffee County Sheriff Captain Hines and multiple others. To include fire and EMS. the people of Dale County...your SHERIFF, Wally Olson. Want to know where he was at when the call came out? His daughter's birthday party. Want to know what your Sheriff Wally Olson did? Jumped in his truck and rolled to the scene.

Right, Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson left his daughter's birthday party to roll to the scene.


Daleville Police Chief Powell and the men and women of Daleville Police Department were confronted with an active shooter. One person was on the ground, unknown if alive or dead.

Daleville Police called for emergency assistance.

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson and Dale County Sheriff Chief Deputy Mason Bynum once again leave families and roll. Assistance from Houston County Sheriff SRT Team rolls, Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza rolls, Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms rolls, Members of Coffee County Sheriff Department rolls, Alabama State Troopers rolls.

Daleville Department of Public Safety ambulance stages near the scene. 

Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish rolls hostage negotiators. Dothan-Houston County Emergency Management Director Chris Judah prepares to roll with mobile communications unit capable of patching agencies together.

Alabama Emergency Management prepares to respond mobile communications unit that combines agencies together.

Wicksburg Fire-Rescue Chief Wanda Andress staff's an additional ambulance and moves them to stage at Daleville Police headquarters.

Dothan Fire Deputy Chief Chris Etheredge has Dothan Fire Engine 8 ( Highlands ) places on alert and stand by for advanced life support assistance to Dale County.

An example of in seconds agencies hitting the street, rolling and working together for the common goal of serving others. 

Twice this week, Dale County proved, it is not about agencies getting credit, egos, personalities, it is about the mission of serving others. That it is about having each others backs. About deploying information quick and coming together for the same common goal and purpose.

And the people of Dale County deserve to know, the man of whom you elected as your Sheriff, Wally Olson...he left his daughter's birthday party to roll to someone in emergency circumstances, a shooting.

That my friend, is dedication to the people of which he serves. Because Wally Olson has been re-elected and his four years do not begin until January 15. So he did not do it for politics. He did it because of his oath to serve and protect.

THANKS to all agencies who came together. Thanks to Wally Olson and Mason Bynum for your leadership. Thanks to Daleville Chief Powell for being quick to bring in additional resources, quick. Thanks Chief Powell for not being one who will not work with others but one for working with others. 

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