BOX-14 continues to evolve

WILMINGTON — BOX-14, a new community organization formed to help support local first responders during long-duration or major incidents, will hold its first general membership meeting on Monday, Oct. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Clinton County Administrative Campus on Davids Drive.

Clinton County averages 4,000 9-1-1 calls a month, according to Clinton County Emergency Management Agency Director Thomas Breckel.

“Those calls are relayed to local law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services at all hours of the day, regardless of weather conditions,” said Breckel. “Historically, many first response agencies had auxiliary members to look after them during major responses, but sadly the vast majority of auxiliaries have faded away during the 80’s and 90’s.”

The BOX-14 effort began in April and the BOX-14 Board met on the evening of Sept 11, “a stark reminder of the importance of responders and their tie to the community. The board discussed possible ways forward in transitioning from a concept to a self-sustaining volunteer organization,” said Breckel.

BOX-14 Board members are Brian Prickett, Bruce Beam, Cynthia Sutton, Eric Salyers, Kym Parks, Laurie Littleton, Lorie Burton-Cluxton, and Tom Babb.

For more information about BOX-14, visit its Facebook page at or contact Lori at [email protected] or Thomas at (937) 382-6673.