Letter to the Editor

Thank you to local leaders

Friday, May 21, 2021

To the Editor:

Looking back over the past 14 months, it is easy to be overwhelmed with the fear, frustration, and loss many in our community experienced. As we fought to contain the virus, we were fortunate to have leaders — Emily Good, director of the Butler County Health Center, and Robbie Meyers, Butler County Emergency Management Agency director — working to coordinate local and state resources.

The health center’s mass inoculation — held in Whiteley Park in conjunction with emergency management and the National Guard, represented by the Capt. Drew Galluci — was the first held in Missouri and resulted in Ms. Goodin and our local health department being asked to assist other Missouri communities in organizing similar events in the state.

Also participating in the inoculation effort were Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital, Three Rivers College nursing program, and Health and Senior Services.

I am grateful that during the crises, Butler County has been recognized for its experience and the cooperation among its various agencies and the hardworking, thoughtful leaders of their directors.

I apologize to all other individuals and organizations not mentioned, who have worked on our behalf during this terrible battle. You are much appreciated.

Thank you,

Larry Cotrell

Poplar Bluff