Sheriff, Public Safety Director Release 9/11 Event Statements

Charlotte County, FL- September 8, 2021

Charlotte County Public Safety Director Jason Fair and Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell released statements Wednesday regarding the postponement of a Sept. 11 Remembrance event.

Sheriff Bill Prummell statement:

“At this time, my staff and I will continue to do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which regrettably must include foregoing attendance at upcoming Sept. 11 remembrance events.

My staff are often unable to social distance, therefore being at high-risk for infection. Eliminating any unnecessary exposure is crucial to slowing the spread and lowering the county’s positivity rate. Necessary precautions and CDC recommendations continue to be followed, but our internal numbers remain high. I must do what I can to maintain as healthy a workforce as possible, so we are available for you. I would be remiss to ignore the increased risk of attending public events.”

Public Safety Director Jason Fair statement:

“As public safety director, the health and well-being of Charlotte County residents are my top priorities. With the current surge of COVID-19 cases, it remains imperative that we preserve the operational readiness of our first responders by avoiding social circumstances where they may become unnecessarily exposed to the coronavirus. Unfortunately, this includes commemorations of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The bond between first responders around the country is unbreakable. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 are, and will forever be, in our thoughts. This tragedy changed the face of our chosen profession and we will quietly honor the service and sacrifice of those who responded to sites of the attacks throughout our country. The most responsible way to do so is to avoid unnecessary exposure to the virus that puts our personnel and the public at risk.  We make these decisions with a focus on the safety of our community and those same first responders we aim to recognize in such a memorial.”

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