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Jefferson Co. employees recognized for their actions during the winter storm

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The Jefferson County Commission recognized employees who helped others during this week's storm. Source: WBRC video The Jefferson County Commission recognized employees who helped others during this week's storm. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Today Jefferson County officials praised employees and Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos for their actions during the recent winter storm.

The snow and ice left 50 employees stranded at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 10 patients at Cooper Green Mercy Medical Center and eight seniors at the senior center in Forestdale.

Petelos swung into action by taking many of the stranded people home on his own in a county-owned vehicle. Petelos said he spent 21 hours in the vehicle over Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We found a vehicle. We had chains put on it and I just said, 'Let me do this.' And once I signed up for it that was it," Petelos said.

Jefferson County Commission President David Carrington said Petelos became the face of the county over those two days. Petelos said he wants to set up an internal operation center to respond to needs of the county such as Cooper Green, senior centers, and the courts.

Petelos said the county had nine sand trucks but due to cut backs in funding and personnel they could not operate sanding 24 hours a day.

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