First responders to be commended for work on bomb threat, bank robbery
by Ron Harris
Jul 12, 2013 | 725 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ron Harris
Ron Harris
Last week’s bomb threat at Walker Baptist Medical Center and armed robbery at Traders & Farmers Bank in Curry led to an opportunity for me to witness our local law enforcement, first responders and others at their very best.

The cooperation I saw between the Jasper Police Department, Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Walker County District Attorney’s office, Jasper Fire Department, Walker County Commission and Jasper City Council and all the others involved was the way things should be in a community that hopes to see progress on a daily basis.

The officials at Walker Baptist Medical Center were also put in a unique situation in having to fully evacuate the hospital, and each one handled their job in a professional way to ensure that each patient was taken care of.

It’s unfortunate that it takes an event like this to see our local law enforcement and first responders working so well together, but I’m just happy they did.

I’ll be the first to say, “Thanks for a job well done.”


One of the nicer stories to come out of last week’s events was the birth of a beautiful baby girl in the parking lot at Walker Baptist Medical Center.

I had the chance to meet with the young mom and dad last Saturday, and thankfully everything turned out well and they were able to take their daughter home Sunday afternoon.

Now, how about a first birthday party on July 5, 2014, for Kylie Babbs under the tree where she was born?


As you can see, in my job at the Eagle I have the opportunity cover events that range from city council meetings to football games to bomb threats and babies being born in unique places. It’s never boring here, and I just hope that no matter what I’m covering, I do my best to get the story out there to our readers.

One of my favorite parts of my job recently was being able to travel to The University of Alabama with Sabrina Keating to photograph her around campus. The story written by Rachel Davis and photos I took appeared in our latest edition of Walker Magazine.

Sabrina — who’s one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever had the chance to meet — served as president of the university’s national alumni association and we were able to spend an afternoon with her discussing her role in that capacity.

It’s assignments like that that make going to work each day a pleasure.

Ron Harris is managing editor at the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at (205) 221-2804 or by email at