2017 Pat Neuhauser Award Winner

Eddie Lary

Tuscaloosa County EMA

Eddie has served as a volunteer with Tuscaloosa County EMA for over eighteen years. At the time he joined EMA, he had three years of storm spotting experience and over 35 years of service as an Amateur Radio Operator (WS4I-Extra). Eddie serves in a number of roles in the agency but primarily he is best known for is his long time service as the American Amateur Radio League (AARL) Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Tuscaloosa County. He has served in this capacity for over six years. When the EOC is activated for a weather event, Eddie is responsible for coordinating the ham radio operators to fill our ham stations. Eddie serves as the EMA representative to Tuscaloosa County VOAD where this year he was elected to his second two year term as Vice President of the organization. In addition to maintaining amateur radio equipment for EMA, Eddie also has maintained EMA generators and other electronic items (i.e. weather station). He is truly a key asset for the Tuscaloosa County EMA and a role model for others wishing to serve their communities. Eddie represents the values reflected by Pat Neuhauser with his can-do attitude and willingness to give over and above what is required.