Volunteer receives congressional award

While U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05), joined with PRIDE, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local officials, announced progress for water and sewer projects in Salyersville last week, the congressman also acknowledged the hard work of the community, honoring one person in particular.

Kentucky Emergency Management Instant Management Team member Rocco Pepe nominated Lesley Arnett, who was volunteering at the Point of Distribution (POD) shortly after the tornado hit, to serve as the volunteer and logistics coordinator for the city and county. Salyersville Mayor James "Pete" Shepherd appointed her, per Pepe's nomination.

Since her appointment, Arnett has been coordinating with Mayor Shepherd, Magoffin Emergency Management Director Mike Wilson and POD Manager and PRIDE Coordinator Jaynee May regarding the logistics behind all shipments and volunteers.

Last Wednesday, Arnett was honored with the "Difference Maker" award from the congressional office.

Congressman Rogers said, "I am amazed how fast the cleanup process has taken place. Like so many others, Lesley Arnett took time away from her business and family to volunteer and make a difference."

Arnett said, "I am honored and humbled to receive this award. There have been so many others that have done just as much or more than I have and deserve this award just the same."

Starting next Wednesday, the POD will be located back at Salyersville City Hall and will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday. Any questions regarding donations, volunteers or needs of tornado victims can be directed to (606) 496-6179.

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