Highlands County BoCC honors longtime Amateur Radio Emergency Service coordinator

From the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners:

At Tuesday’s Board meeting this week, Commissioners and staff recognized Randy Payne [K4EZM], who has served as our emergency coordinator of our Amateur Radio Emergency Service team and who has selflessly contributed to our community since 2003.

In March 2005, Randy assumed the pivotal role of emergency coordinator for ARES, a responsibility he embraced with passion and commitment. Over the years, his leadership has proven to be an invaluable asset during numerous activations, where he has demonstrated an exceptional level of professionalism, expertise, and dedication to the cause of public safety.
Randy’s journey with ARES has been marked by his active involvement in various emergency situations and activations, and through it all, he has stood as a steadfast guardian of communication and coordination.

One of Randy’s outstanding qualities is his commitment to ensuring seamless communication during emergencies. He has played a crucial role in establishing and maintaining contact with emergency radio operators at the state level, neighboring counites, and fostering strong communication links with other ARES team members stationed at county shelters. Randy’s efforts have been instrumental in creating a robust network that enhances our ability to communicate effectively in times of crisis.

On behalf of Emergency Management and the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners, Emergency Manager Corey Amundsen was honored to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Randy Payne Tuesday, Feb. 6. This certificate symbolizes our heartfelt gratitude for his years of selfless service, his leadership in times of adversity, and his unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of our community.

The ARES motto is “When All Else Fails.” Learn more about the Amateur Radio Emergency Service at ARRL.org.

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