The Northeast Texas Public Well being District (NET Well being) not too long ago introduced the co-recipients of the 2022 WT “Doc” Ballard Award for Excellence in Public Well being, Meteorologist Mark Scirto, Smith County Fireplace Chief Jay Brooks, and Tyler Fireplace Chief David Coble.
“Doc” Ballard, a Texas Division of Well being Registered Skilled Engineer and NET Well being mentor, was a pacesetter in defending the general public’s well being. His expertise and administration expertise ensured environmental controls essential to the standard and security of public ingesting water and public meals service, correct waste disposal, and radiation monitoring.
Mark Scirto is the chief meteorologist for KLTV 7. Mark graduated in 1982 from the College of St. Thomas in Houston with a level in Meteorology and joined KLTV in January 1987. Mark remained Dawn’s authentic meteorologist for 4 years earlier than transferring to KPLC. TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the place he labored as chief meteorologist for 3 years. Whereas in Lake Charles, he was awarded first place in Louisiana AP for Greatest Weathercast.
In 1994, he rejoined KLTV and has been nominated for a Dallas Press Membership Katie Award, an honor no different meteorologist in our space has ever obtained. Mark has held the Seals of Approval from the Nationwide Meteorological Affiliation and the American Meteorological Society since 1989.
Jay Brooks was appointed Smith County Fireplace Marshal in 2014 after which once more in 2019. He additionally serves because the Smith County Emergency Administration Coordinator and chair of the Native Emergency Administration Committee.
In 1998, Marshal Brooks served in Smith County as a volunteer restoration diver and firefighter/EMT-B. He turned a regulation enforcement officer and joined the Smith County Fireplace Marshal’s Workplace in 2008 as a volunteer deputy and is a Licensed Fireplace and Explosion Investigator and Licensed Automobile Fireplace Investigator by the Nationwide Affiliation of Fireplace Investigators. .
Chief David Coble started his profession in 1984 with the Fort Price Fireplace Division reaching the rank of Government Assistant Fireplace Chief. He served as interim Fort Price Fireplace Chief earlier than retiring in 2016, then was chosen to the Tyler Fireplace Chief place on September 28, 2016.
He additionally holds certifications by the Texas Fee on Fireplace Safety (TCFP) as a Grasp Structural Firefighter, Superior Teacher, Grasp Fireplace Inspector, Hazardous Supplies Technician, and Division Head. Along with his fireplace service duties, Chief Coble serves the neighborhood by Tyler Management, The Salvation Military, the Tyler Space Chamber of Commerce, and as Metropolis of Tyler Liaison to Veterans Teams in Smith County.