By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” This piece of scripture from Mark 12:31 reflects the nature of the residents of Choctaw County, as many rushed to the aid of neighboring Winston County after severe storms and tornadoes left devastation and destruction in its wake countywide.
Many residents and county officials donated items and volunteered their services once the damage was done. Supervisors from the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors were some of the first to respond, taking their road crews and equipment to Winston County to assist with clearing roads to allow ambulances and other first responders to get to certain locations.
Choctaw County Fire Coordinator Chris Coleman assembled a group of firefighters from various county fire departments including firefighters from Ackerman Fire Dept. and Bywy Volunteer Fire Dept. to assist with clearing roads and whatever was needed at the time.
Other county officials that volunteered their services to Winston County during their time of need were Chancery Clerk Steve Montgomery, Choctaw County EMA Director Brent McKnight, and County Engineer Marty Crowder. Also, the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department is transporting inmates to Winston County to assist with cleanup in affected areas.
Not only have county officials stepped up to lend a helping hand, but many residents have donated monetary funds and material items to those affected.
Many churches across Choctaw County have created drop-offs in which people can bring items to donate to the affected. Others have traveled to Louisville to do what they can to bring relief to a county that will need time and patience to rebuild.
Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw, Choctaw Nursing Center, Pioneer Medical Center, Pioneer Family Medical of Ackerman, Pioneer Family Medical of Weir, PCH MAC Committee, Super Valu in Ackerman, Starkville Recycling, and TDC in Maben will be hosting a benefit for 3 families that work at Pioneer that were directly affected by the tornados in Louisville.
The residents of Choctaw County have come together with Winston County to do what needs to be done during this trying time, and the solidarity which is created in their times of need.