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Honoring His Father's Memory

Today, Johnston County Emergency Services - Emergency Management Intern Aaron Penny generously gave back to his community while honoring his late father's memory.

In Aaron's words, "I've been working as an intern with Johnston County Emergency Services for two years alongside first responders and administrative personnel, and throughout my time there, I have learned  how important easy access to life-saving technology is during emergencies. During Hurricane Florence, I worked over 40 hours of overtime in the Emergency Operations Center and wanted to put the money I earned back into the community in a meaningful way. My father, who graduated in 1988 from South Johnston High School, passed away in 2010 due to a severe heart attack after exercising with my older brother. In loving memory of him, and to mark 30 years since he walked across the stage and was handed his diploma, I am donating an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to his high school for their sports activities. This machine can mean the difference between life and death during cardiac arrest, so it's always a good idea to have one nearby during heart-intensive activities."

JCES could not be prouder of Aaron and his commitment to the safety and well being of his community.