Loganville’s director of Public Works, Jeremy Armistead, is known for being a dedicated worker, quiet and “always willing to be the first to jump in and help whenever he’s needed,” according to Loganville City Council Woman Linda Dodd. She went on to say that Armistead is respected by his employees because he in turn always recognizes them for their hard work. It was in part this leadership for which he was recognized at last month’s Loganville City Council meeting, but more so for an incident where Armistead went above and beyond to help a city resident.
“Recently we had some heavy winds in Loganville and there was a tree that fell down on Cown Drive. The homeowner called the city and asked for assistance. As always, we try to accommodate our residents as much as we can so we went out and moved the tree out of the road,” Dodd said. “Then we had to wait for Georgia Power to come out and repair the lines because the tree had brought down the lines.”
Dodd went on to explain that due to liability issues, city employees were not at liberty to go onto the homeowner’s property, but it didn’t sit right with Armistead that the resident was left with the mess from the tree in her yard. So when he got off duty that afternoon, Armistead went back to the property on his own time to help the homeowner clean up any debris left over from the tree issue.
“Being that the city can only work within the road and the right-of-way, Jeremy’s heart would not allow him to simply walk away and leave the homeowner to deal with it,” Dodd said, adding “I would like to thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty and we appreciate it very much.”
Dodd went on to pin a very humble Armistead. Mayor Dan Curry added his thanks to Armistead for his service to the city as the rest of the council and people in attendance gave Armistead a standing ovation.