News and Announcements 

Rafael Reyes new DC Hurst

Rafael Reyes has been appointed to the District Coordinator position for DDC 4 Hurst. We look forward to working with him!

I will share more information when news comes about his appointment.

District Coordinator Sherri Copeland Takes New TDEM/DPS Role

Our longtime District Coordinator Sherri Copeland has accepted a new position in TDEM/DPS as Section Administrator in Recovery at the Houston Field Office.  Her last day as DC for District 4 Hurst was December 5, 2014.

We all wish you well in your new position and thank you for your great support and the opportunity to work together, Sherri.

In the interim while the District 4 Hurst DC position is being filled Joshua Roberts, DC for District 4 Garland, will be our contact for District 4 Hurst.

Newsletter - 1Q 2015 Newsletter is Now Online

DRO-Alternate for District 4 Hurst Appointed 08/31/2014

Hello, I am William Newman Jr., WL9N.

I moved to Weatherford/Parker County with my family in July 2013, having recently completed a 31-year law enforcement career in the Chicago Metro area – retiring as a ‘Police Commander’. Among my staff assignments were responsibilities relating to Emergency Management – with liaison to departments and agencies at all levels of government. In recent years I completed a Master’s Degree in ‘Emergency and Disaster Management’, and also attained State Accreditation as an ‘Illinois Professional Emergency Manager’.

In the last four years I have held a parallel post in the Illinois State RACES as the ‘Deputy Region 4 RACES Officer’ - which involved service responsibility for three N/E Illinois Counties to include the City of Chicago – an area comprising over 60% of the State’s population. In this position I regularly dealt with the important issues that often face volunteers – as well as those of the served agencies and partners.

I have always had a passion for communications…from memories of building my first simple red wire-spun crystal radio in 2nd grade in the Chicago Public Schools…to later living only 10-minutes away from a retail Heathkit store which I often visited - and as a child dreamed of someday building a Heathkit SB-101 SSB CW Transceiver if I could only save up a $150.

Since the 9/11 attacks - I have completed numerous DHS/FEMA sponsored courses involving operations and administrative skills, which include COMT - and the completion of my Taskbook to become one of the 36 currently Certified All-Hazards Type III COML’s within Illinois. In 2008 I became a certified driver/operator of the American Red Cross - ‘Emergency Communications Response Vehicle’ (ECRV) – which were recently decommissioned due to age. I have also completed all of the ARRL Emergency Communications level courses since 2005, have been designated an ‘ARRL Official Emergency Station’, and was a member of a local ARES unit with a personal fondness for digital communications.

I am now very pleased to accept this important responsibility within Texas State RACES. In my professional life - I have become all too familiar with the need to prepare for the various man-made or natural disasters that can potentially disrupt the widespread functioning of our communities and everyday life. For that reason I strongly believe in the role we play here in North Texas – and that through our preparedness activities we can stand ready to provide necessary services to the State in a time of need.

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