As the snow melts and the city gets back to normal, my hat is off to the City of Sumter for working so quickly to get many of the main roads cleared and safe. There is no way any city could get all roads cleared quickly, particularly in the South where we don't have the equipment to handle a major snow/ice storm. But our city proved to be able to do much with little. Thank you city employees! You braved the roads and the weather in order to make us safer.
Another reason Sumter weathered this storm as well as we did is our amazing first responders and law enforcement. I found myself checking the Sumter Police Department Facebook page instead of local news agencies for updates on road conditions. Staff Sgt. Robert Singleton, you are a rock star! Your road updates throughout the day and night undoubtedly saved a lot of heartache and aggravation, if not lives. To all the law enforcement and first responders (including dispatch), thank you for going out in it while all of us were coming in!