Debbie Bowman of the Maxwelton Ruritan Club presented Whitaker with a new American Flag for the 911 Center in Maxwelton in March 2018 in thanks for emergency responders’ assistance.

He said Whitaker was offered “a better job with better pay, and most importantly less stress. He can now work a nine to five job and go home and be with his family every day.”

Named Top Emergency Manager in the state in 2013, the first southern West Virginia emergency manager to win the award, Whitaker continued to provide leadership in developing emergency operations plans, “going above and beyond all duties and expectations.” said Deputy Director Paula Brown with Greenbrier County’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. “Al is definitely not a ‘daily duties as assigned’ kind of manager. He continually takes on added responsibility and challenges.”

Whitaker’s years of public safety, emergency management and disaster response prepared him for large-scale Greenbrier County events like the State Fair of West Virginia and The Greenbrier Classic golf tournament. He was tapped to serve as hazmat coordinator for the first Boy Scout Jamboree.

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