Audrey Musick finds joy in aiding her neighborhood – no matter whether that is answering a 911 connect with or getting a raffle ticket to guidance a deserving community firm. A though back, she bought a raffle ticket to assist the Octagon Dwelling Foundation as it works to restore the beloved historic home.
Musick didn’t see how she could drop.
“When I saw the Octagon Residence Basis was raffling off the grill,” she claimed, “I imagined it would be exciting to choose a opportunity and, if I gained, I would donate it to the sheriff’s office’s communication’s office environment. Irrespective of whether I gained or not, obtaining the raffle ticket was a win-earn for me. The Octagon Household would get my donation if I didn’t acquire and, if I won, the communication’s business office would get a nicely-deserved new grill.”
Previously this thirty day period, Ken Corridor, Octagon Residence Basis president, presented the grill to Musick. She didn’t keep it very long.
Musick did, in switch, give the grill to the communications middle at the Smyth County Sheriff’s Place of work.
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The communications office retains a particular spot in her coronary heart and everyday living.
She labored there “for 38 yrs and retired in June 2019 as Main Communications Officer.”
Total-time retirement didn’t past very long, even though. “I returned a thirty day period later to work component-time, assisting in laptop and warrant entries.”
Musick spelled out, “When I retired, I felt as even though a component of me was lacking. I asked Sheriff Shuler if I could operate component-time and he has authorized me to do so, for which I am so very grateful. It not only enables me to do the get the job done that I appreciate, but I am capable to keep related to my legislation enforcement relatives.”
The longtime communications officer located her way into law enforcement operate in 1975 when she went to work for the Abingdon Law enforcement Department as a secretary. She learned “that I genuinely savored doing work in the police industry.”
Two decades later, she was hired by the Washington County Sheriff’s Place of work as a dispatcher and “that’s where I observed my specialized niche in lifetime.”
Soon after relocating to Smyth County, Musick was employed by the sheriff’s business office as a dispatcher in 1982.
In her decades in interaction, Musick has expert wide modifications. “The job has evolved from logging phone calls on log sheets with paper and pen to the 911 computerized technique that our dispatchers are using today.”
Having said that, Musick was clear that one particular aspect of the do the job has not changed: “The joy of understanding that you are creating a variation in the community.”
She realized the center’s grill was worn out following yrs of use. Musick desired to convey her gratitude and passion to its personnel. “Winning the grill was a way to say thank you for all they do! They are like a family members to me,” she declared.
Musick is having fun with her mix of retirement and do the job. “As for retirement, I love it,” Musick claimed, including, “When I’m not operating, I’m at household with cats!” Still, she proceeds to perform “because I want to make a difference and support out my law enforcement family members as substantially as I can.”
For people who want to aid the Octagon Household Foundation and its recent efforts to switch the historic Smyth County house’s roof can buy tickets for its $500 income raffle. The drawing will take place just in time to support with holiday break costs, on Dec. 12. Tickets are $5 every or three for $10.
To also enable with the Octagon House’s restoration, a spaghetti meal, which is take in-in or takeout, will be held July 1 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Adwolfe Fireplace Office. The value is $10 for adults and $6 for small children underneath 12. The menu consists of spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, tossed salad, dessert and drink.
Learn extra about the foundation on its Fb page.