By LEIGH C. MERRIFIELD
News & Journal Editor
The move to the new Harrison-Taylor E911 Office Complex located at Charles Pointe in Bridgeport is fully operational now, and last Thursday was its official dedication. The facility was named in honor of Shinnston resident James Jarrett who is credited with having been the “pioneer” who spent decades enhancing the communications system for local first responders.
Ron Watson, President of the Harrison County Commission, said it was Jarrett’s desire, determination and discipline that earned him this tribute.
“The 911 Center is the lifeline for first responders, and this new facility serves to improve our dispatchers’ abilities. Jim Jarrett brought us to this point and it is only fitting that the complex bear his name,” Watson said.
Harrison-Taylor 911 Center Administrator Paul Bump said it had been a smooth transition to the new facility and described it as a “new beginning”.
“I have learned a lot from Jim, and one thing I will always remember most is his attitude of not settling for just being good; his philosophy is to always strive to be better!” Bump stated.
Tom Harrison joined the fire service in Shinnston shortly after Jarrett joined many years ago, and he summarized the 40 years of Jarrett’s leadership and volunteerism and how Jim had begun on day one of his service to make important changes.
A Charleston native, Jim is a graduate of WVU and was working for Pfizer Medical Labs in the 1960’s when he was transferred and came to make his home in Shinnston, purchasing a farm on Saltwell Road that has become known as Jadewood Farms. He was recruited to join the Shinnston Volunteer Fire Department. A novice, completely unfamiliar with anything and everything about firefighting, Jim learned quickly and saw right away that there was room for improvement.
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