"Good Morning" program comes to senior's aid


The Walker County Sheriff Office's “Good Morning Program” helped a local senior having a medical emergency on Tuesday.

According to sheriff officials, two deputies came to the aid of the man, identified as a 97-year-old World War II veteran, after he did not answer multiple calls from dispatcher Shane Harrison.

Harrison was put in charge of the "Good Morning Program," which ensures a daily welfare check via phone for seniors 65 and older, in June 2019. Harrison was honored for his work with the program at a law enforcement recognition ceremony held at Jasper Elks Lodge last month.

After several unsuccessful attempts to reach the man by phone, Shane dispatched a deputy to the residence and then called a neighbor.  

Deputies Tim Brand and Josh Richardson found the doors locked when they arrived but entered using a key from the neighbor. The man reported feeling out the of the ordinary and weak. 

He was transported to a hospital by Regional Paramedical Services. 

To enroll in the Good Morning Program, contact Harrison at (205) 302-6464.