PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - WTOC’s Crystal Howard recently spoke with first resonders about the day of the C-130 plane crash one year ago in Port Wentworth, and the changes that were made after going over the response from the crash.
Port Wentworth Police Chief Matthew Libby says the first responders worked around the clock that day.
“Our first responders were on the scene probably within two minutes - two and a half minutes,” says Gary Norton, Port Wentworth Mayor.
Chief Libby says when they drive past the crash site, which they do every single day, they always remember that day.
“The feelings from the crash are always there, especially for our first responders or police or fire because we are riding by that location daily, multiple times a day, so it’s always in the back of your head,” said Libby.
The police chief says as the anniversary approaches each year, the memories will always come back but they just work through it and keep moving forward while getting better and better at what they do each day. He says this crash also brought about change within the department.
“We’ve reviewed our plans and we’ve had meetings county-wide in reference to this incident, post accident meetings, and we are always looking to improve,” he stated.
According to Chief Libby, there are some equipment issues within the department they have addressed since this crash.
“Building a command vehicle for incident responses because we see the need and we have to have it, and that just pushed it forward sooner than later because of the natural disasters we have had, the major crime scenes we’ve had, and then this disaster with the crash,” Libby explained.
Mayor Norton says the equipment is already on order and should be a part of their staff within a few months.