The family of longtime DeSoto County Emergency Management Agency Director T.H. Walker was recognized recently as Walker's long tenure to DeSoto County was honored during a recent DeSoto County Board of Supervisors meeting.
DeSoto County EMA Director Bobby Storey lauded Walker for his many years of service and for inspiring so many first responders to enter the profession.
"In the early 60s and 70s, I was 15 years-old," Storey said. "He said to me, 'You're going to make it. He told to me to surround myself with good people. Be like that big oak tree. Stand your ground but always be willing to bend. Remember to always get a great board to back you. Always remember the taxpayers are our bosses and anytime there is a disaster that somebody needs our help."
Walker, who was named DeSoto County's first Civil Defense Director in 1982 served DeSoto County from 1969-2005.
District 2 Supervisor Mark Gardner said he recalled how Walker "checked in" on Gardner's late father when the elder Gardner was ill and power had been cut off due to the disastrous ice storm of 1994. Walker hooked up a portable generator to the elder gardner's freezer so he and wife Louise would not lose any food during the storm.
"Its showed how he cared about the people of DeSoto County," Gardner said.
Walker's widow, son and brother were on hand for the tribute to Walker.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at email@example.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.