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Vicksburg Fire Department to benefit from Sherwin Williams donation of masks to first responders

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First responders with the Vicksburg Fire Department are among those who will benefit from a donation of masks from Sherwin Williams.

Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced Tuesday that Sherwin Williams has donated 5,000 3M N95 masks to first responders across Mississippi.

“I am thrilled to share this exciting news for our first responders, who are on the front lines right now, battling this pandemic,” Fitch said in a statement. “It is precisely these kinds of acts of corporate citizenship and personal kindness that will help our nation emerge from this crisis stronger than before. I want to thank Sherwin Williams for their generous donation and to thank First Responders of Mississippi for distributing them promptly into the hands of Mississippi’s first responders. We will pull through this because we will do it together.”

“Sherwin-Williams praises the ongoing efforts of all first responders who are always there for us, especially during this pandemic. We’re honored to be able to donate this essential personal protective equipment at this critical time,” said Mary Garceau, Sherwin-Williams Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. “And, we’re proud of our employees, who day in and day out, make it possible for Sherwin-Williams to continue to support our communities across the country.”

The masks are being distributed through First Responders of Mississippi, a non-profit organization that helps police, fire, and rescue workers and agencies get equipment and support. Fitch has been on its board of directors since it was founded in 2018. Marlena Walters, owner of Everyday Gourmet in Ridgeland, also donated time and resources to help package the masks for distribution. In addition to facilitating the free distribution of these masks to police and fire departments across Mississippi, FROM also facilitated the purchase of over 8,600 N95 masks for officers at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

“This is our mission,” said Jody Rigby, President of First Responders of Mississippi and a three-decade veteran of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. “We were founded to help Mississippi’s first responders in their hour of greatest need. And, now, with a silent enemy amongst us, our police, fire, and rescue workers need us more than ever. We are pleased to help General Fitch and Sherwin Williams get these much-needed masks to the first responders who so desperately need them.”

Preference was given to small police and fire departments without the means to purchase their own PPE. The following 86 police and fire departments received these donations:

Police Departments: Brookhaven, Carthage, Collins, Columbia, Crystal Springs, Ecru, Gulfport, Jasper, Lamar, Lexington, Lucedale, Meadville, Monticello, Morton, Moss Point, Natchez Trace Parkway, Nettleton, Pass Christian, Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office, Picayune, Pontotoc, Poplarville, Purvis, Rolling Fork, Shannon, Terry, Tupelo, University of Mississippi, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Woodville.

Fire Departments: Amory, Bay Springs, Beaver Meadow Volunteer, Biloxi, Brandon, Brookhaven, Central Volunteer, Clarke County, Cleveland Volunteer, Clinton, Collins, Columbia, Corinth, Ellisville, Flowood, George County Volunteer, Gluckstadt, Goodman, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Heidelberg Volunteer, Jackson, Lafayette County, Lake Eddins Volunteer, Leland, Louin Volunteer, Madison, McComb, Mendenhall Fire Rescue Emergency Operations, Monticello, Morton, Mossville Volunteer, Mount Olive Volunteer, Newton, Northeast Jasper Volunteer, Northwest Covington Volunteer, Ofahoma Volunteer, Oxford, Pass Christian, Pearl, Petal, Philadelphia, Picayune, Pine Grove Volunteer, Poplarville, Reservoir, Richland, Ridgeland, Saltillo, Shannon, Southaven, Starkville, Stringer Volunteer, Tupelo, Vicksburg, Walls.

 

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Deion Sanders coached high school to championship before leaving for JSU

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Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders coached his final high school football game last night at Trinity Christian High School where they won the Texas Christian Athletic League Championship.

Sanders is the Tiger’s offensive coordinator and his son, Shedeur, is the team’s starting quarterback. They defeated the Heir Eagles Academy 59-28 to finish with a great 8-3 record.

Sanders posted members of his team on Twitter after the big win and showed how proud they are to be the champs.

Sanders also had three Vicksburg natives on the championship team who all contributed to winning the big game. Shardez Taylor, Marvin Martin Jr, and Quentin Pollard all had great performances this season for the Tigers.

Saturday’s game marked Sanders’ final game at Trinity. His focus is now on his new Jackson State football family. He was named head coach for JSU two months ago. He has already begun bringing in major recruits for Jackson State, including Shedeur who will be joining him next year.

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Vehicle takes out hydrant and utility pole

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Photo by David Day

A single vehicle collision has taken out a fire hydrant and a utility pole on Cherry at Baum.

Photo by David Day

At 10:40 p.m. E-911 Dispatch received a call that a dark blue Kia SUV had impacted a utility pole on Cherry Street near East. The first officer on scene called in that a fire hydrant had also been impacted and that water was gushing into the roadway.

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Neither the driver or the passenger of the Kia was injured however a man was taken into custody at the scene.

No disruption of utility services in the area was noted and that traffic was flowing smoothly.

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High speed chase ends in fiery crash

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(photo by David Day)

A high-speed chase Saturday evening that began near the Waffle House in Vicksburg has ended in a crash in Claiborne County and a vehicle in flames.

First reports indicate the incident began around 5:10 p.m. as an argument at the Waffle House at 4100 Pemberton Square Blvd. A man and woman left the scene and stopped at a Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 61 South where the man pulled the woman, who is pregnant, out of the vehicle by her hair.

The man, Bojara O’Quinn of Claiborne County, then fled, leading Vicksburg police officer Michael Battle on a high-speed chase south on 61 South. The chase exceeded 110 mph at times.

The chase ended just inside the Claiborne County line on Shiloh Road in a crash where the vehicle, reportedly a rental with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quinn is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. The woman involved received very minor injuries and is apparently safe.

Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol assisted in O’Quinn’s capture.

Bojara O’Quinn (photo by David Day)

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