We are so proud of our EastTex CERT members and our affiliates, Rowlett CERT, Rockwall
CERT, and Sachse CERT for stepping up to the plate on the Roy Lee missing person search
and the Hunt County Disaster Drill in March.
On March 9th, at 9:33 AM we received a Nixle (look it up!) Alert that Roy Lee Jackson, an
elderly man had wandered off from a senior living center in Rockwall. ETRC issued an All
Call to ETRC members at 10:09 AM after learning that searchers were needed, and Roy Lee
had been missing over four hours.
By 10:38 AM we had Frank Pecora on site (first ETRC member on-site) and seven more
members on site by 10:45 AM. We deployed our first search six member search team at the
direction of Rockwall PD at 11:00 AM, led by Matt Alden.
After Matt’s team returned we deployed a fourteen multi-CERT program search team to a
wooded, mud filled, and thorn field, area with creeks running. The weather stank!
The fourteen member search team was led by Matt Alden (ETRC), Jeanne Powel (Rowlett),
and Larry Weygandt (Rowlett). According to all observations all of the responders acted
professionally and performed the assignments to the best of their ability. The Rockwall PD
officers working with the team were all impressed and now realize the value of CERT.
The only downer was that Roy Lee was found deceased in an area that had previously been
searched by others. Our experience here will be used in future training with this being a
case study on CERT response.

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