New Communications Tower dedicated to Morgan

Ceremony held October 19th

The City of Teague and the Heart of Texas Council of Governments Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness programs dedicated the Teague Public Safety Communications tower in honor of Yrene Morgan on Friday, October 12th at 2:00 p.m. in Teague. The dedication ceremony took place at the tower site located at the corner of Cypress Street and 5th Avenue in Teague.

Mrs. Morgan was instrumental in getting the Teague Public Safety Communications tower project off the ground. She also participated in the development of other public safety communications projects in Freestone County through her work representing the County on the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee at HOTCOG. These projects have greatly improved the communications capabilities in Freestone County. The Teague voter site is a 180 ft. tall tower and is equipped with the latest public safety grade communications equipment, The ?voter? site listens for communications for public safety responders and relays the transmission via microwave to the main tower site and repeater. The area around Teague was identified as a weak coverage area by testing that was performed in 2007. This voter site ensures that the communications by police, fire and EMS during patrol, while responding and when on scene is reaching dispatch. This communication is crucial in dangerous situations as responders need to relay important information and call for more resources.

A Proclamation honoring Morgan was read out loud by Mayor Earnest Pack and a plaque on the door of the communications building in honor of Morgan's dedication was unveiled. The framed proclamation was then presented to Yrene's husband, Owen Morgan. Also speaking at the Dedication Ceremony were Russell Devorsky, Executive Director of the Heart of Texas Council of Governments; Frank Patterson, Chairman Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee; and Harold Ferguson, Homeland Security Coordinator - HOTCOG

This is the second tower project for Freestone County. The Freestone County Communications Main Tower project replaced the previous tower, which was over 30 years old with a new 300 ft. tower. The new tower is built to withstand hurricane force winds and houses all of the county?s public safety radio equipment.

These two projects represent a total investment of over $440,000 of Federal Homeland Security funds in Freestone County. These projects help all public safety responders in Freestone County discharge their duties and maintain a safe community. These projects wouldn?t have been possible without the work of caring and dedicated people like Yrene Morgan.

Mrs. Morgan tragically died in 2010 while on vacation visiting family members in California and never saw the fruits of her labor; this event will recognize her work and dedication to the community. This event is open to the media and public, participation is encouraged as we honor this remarkable woman.

The Emergency Preparedness program of the Heart of Texas council of Governments is an all-hazards citizen preparedness initiative. More information can be found on citizen and business preparedness at www.hotready.com.

Yrene Morgan began a career tied to law enforcement in the early 1970's where she served as dispatcher for the City of Mexia, Later, she attended the police academy and became a public servant; honored to help and protect the citizens of the community. She continued to serve Limestone and Freestone Counties in a capacity of Court Clerk, Reserve Police Officer, Justice of the Peace and Deputy City Secretary.

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