The May 13 Dothan Eagle reports the recent devastation and rescue efforts of the flood in Louisiana and Mississippi. Of note was the closing of Highway 49 in Stone County of South Mississippi and the flooding in Stone County.

Our grandson Matthew Watson, son of Lydia and Edsel Watson from Skipperville, Alabama, and a graduate of G.W. Long High School, has been on active duty for 16 years with the U.S, Navy, currently stationed in Gulfport, Mississippi. He is also a Deputy Sheriff with the Stone County Sheriff Department at night, weekends and holidays, and further volunteers as a local firefighter when possible. During the efforts by the local law enforcements, Matthew, who is an avid duck hunter, used his own “duck boat” to work around the clock with the Sheriff Department’s rescue calls. His experience in rescue work following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, and his “Riverine” training and overseas deployments, made him a great asset during this disaster in Stone County, Mississippi. He and other deputies managed to rescue 15 poor souls and families stranded in homes and on trees by high water in the area.

Our grandson has never looked for accolades, but we are extremely proud of all he represents and does in the service of our country, God, his family, and his local community.

Vince Ripoll


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