Tazewell Co. EMA employee retires after 30 years of public service

By Audrey Williams

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM CDT

TREMONT, Ill -- After 30 years of public assistance, Terry Wilson with the Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency is retiring.

Wilson said when he started, the group just did weather watching. In his time there, they have expanded services in many ways including a ground search and rescue team, a mobile communications unit, and many other forms of planning.

He said the organization has come a long way in making Tazewell County a better and more prepared community.

"It's something that I would urge anybody that's got any interest in public service that wants to volunteer to come out and see what we're about," said Wilson. "We've got a great group of members. A diverse group of knowledge from electronics experts to auto mechanics."

The tornado in South Pekin several years ago was the event he remembers most as testing the agency.

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