Turning the fountain blue

Published 8:21 pm Monday, April 13, 2020

LANETT — In a 6 p.m. EDT ceremony on Monday, Lanett’s downtown fountain turned crystal blue in honor of first responders and hospital workers. It will remain that way through the remainder of April and possibly until the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided.

There’s hope from city officials that Chambers County may approach its peak this week. Thus far, there have been 212 confirmed cases and eight deaths attributed to the coronavirus.

Four uniformed firefighters and four uniformed police officers stood behind Mayor Kyle McCoy as Hunter Cook turned on the jets of blue water.

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“It is so important for everyone to wash their hands a lot, to use hand sanitizer, practice social distancing and to stay home as much as you can,” McCoy said. “The life you save may be one of these guys behind me. They are the ones who come out in emergencies. Gov. Kay Ivey is asking Alabamians to tie blue ribbons to their mailboxes in honor of police officers, firefighters, paramedics and hospital workers. Remember them through this current crisis, the importance of their jobs and their staying well. You can help by practicing social distancing, staying away from gatherings and taking only necessary trips from home. When you go to the grocery store, go by yourself. Remember, it’s one person, one cart. Wear face covering if you can and don’t take your children with you. They can get this, too.”

The mayor said that city hall would remain closed to the public at least through April 20. If someone needs to contact someone from the city they can dial (334) 644-2141. Someone will be there to answer. The drive-in window will be open on Monday, April 20 to accept utility payments. Prior to that date, utility users can leave their payments in the drop box next to the drive-in window. They also have the option of paying via the online portal.

“Let’s stay safe through this crisis,” McCoy said. “These guys behind me, our police officers and our firefighters, are trying to protect you. If you stay safe and well, you can help keep them safe and well at the same time. Let’s remember our hospital workers for all they do as well.”