Council recognizes JPD officer for outstanding actions


Jasper City Council members on Tuesday recognized Det. Will Wickwire of the Jasper Police Department for his role in a recent incident at Walker Baptist Medical Center.

“It’s always an honor to have an opportunity to recognize an outstanding performance by one of our own,” Jasper Mayor David O’Mary said in presenting the commendation.

The commendation noted Wickwire’s “exceptional performance of duty” during an incident at Walker Baptist Medical Center involving a 12-year-old autistic girl who had broken her arm.

“He saw fear and pain and swooped in quickly of his own accord” to assist the young girl and ease her fears, the commendation read. 

The girl’s mom said despite her daughter’s autism, she had a sense of trust in Wickwire. 

“To earn trust from an autistic child in a very fearful time is quite an accomplishment,” the commendation read.

Wickwire “is a true example of a police officer who places the service of others above themselves, while both on and off duty.”

In other business, council members:

•presented a proclamation in observance of National Health Center Week. 

Jasper Mayor David O’Mary presented the proclamation to Dr. David Jones and staff members from Capstone Rural Health Clinic.

The proclamation read, in part, that “ for over 50 years, community health centers have provided high quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care in our nation’s underserved communities, delivering value to, and having a significant impact on America’s health care system …”

•recognized Johnny Sudberry, director of the Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Sudberry expressed appreciation for a recent donation from the city.

“The city of Jasper has over and over again demonstrated support for our center,” Sudberry said. 

•held a public hearing and approved a restaurant retail liquor license for on-premise consumption for Cortes and Co., LLC, which operates Buenavista located at 2201 Highway 78 East.

•introduced an amendment to the city’s budget to provide additional funding for street light replacement, park lighting and a drainage issue in Pine Crest subdivision.

•approved a change order  of up to $25,000 to remove and replace curb and gutter on North Airport Road.

•approved spending $7,500 to participate in a marketing opportunity with Sinclair Media, which owns ABC 33/40 TV in Birmingham.

•approved a request from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom to renew contracts for brush removal and cleaning services with Myhand Services, volleyball officials with the Wal-Win Volleyball Officials Association, and volleyball uniforms and soccer uniforms with 29 Sports.

•approved a request from Abrom to send out bid invitations for tires, tubes and lube, grease/oil lubricants, plastic pipe and street light repair.

•approved a request for Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe to purchase a used vehicle for the department’s investigative division.

•approved a request from Poe for two JPD officers to attend the annual Alabama LEECC Conference in Gulf Shores Aug. 27-30.

•approved travel for the city’s prosecutors to attend the Alabama League of Municipalities fall conference Sept. 26-28.

•adopteda resolution to place several properties under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.

•approved a resolution to vacate an alley between 5th and 6th Avenues just south of U.S. Highway 78 West.

•introduced an ordinance to annex property at 146 Jones Road in District 4.

•introduced an ordinance to annex property located just north of 203 Carl Cannon Boulevard in District 1.