Pennsylvania Commendation Medal

Tina Marshall and her state commendation medal.

Lawrence County’s emergency medical services planner has been awarded a medal.

Tina Marshall, Emergency Management Agency and Emergency Services planner for the county’s Department of Public Safety, was recognized at the county commissioners meeting Tuesday as a recipient of the Pennsylvania Commendation Medal.

She received the honor for her instrumental role in the operation and logistical planning for the western Pennsylvania biological portion of the National Guard’s Vigilant Guard exercise in May in Lawrence County.

The drill, for preparedness in the event of a national pandemic, is conducted each year in different states. This year’s event was staged throughout Pennsylvania, with Lawrence County’s emergency services — police, fire and ambulance units — playing a crucial role in a scenario at the Lawrence County fairgrounds.

Brian Melcer, Lawrence County public safety director, accepted the medal on her behalf at a Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency conference in Seven Springs. He presented it to her at the commissioners meeting Tuesday.

Melcer noted that only a few participants in the National Guard event received medals statewide.

In addition to her planning work for Vigilant Guard, she was escort to the Pennsylvania Air National Guard general officer and the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health during the drill.

Marshall, 59, has been the county’s Emergency Management Agency and Emergency Services planner for eight years and the Emergency Medical Services director for about 18 years.

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