Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176


Feb. 15, 2011


Left to right: John Rigney, Jeffrey Lacks, David Burgess, Oscar Martin, Emanuel Boyd and James Seate. Not shown: Kent Shelton

LYNCHBURG—While many of us were planning to sit down to a holiday dinner with our families, a number of employees from the Halifax Residency of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Lynchburg District were packing their clothes and supplies and heading out to help coastal residents hard hit by a December winter storm. 

The employees who normally work in Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties spent many hours driving through snow to reach the Hampton Roads area of the Commonwealth.  Once there, the crews helped local VDOT staff with plowing, sanding and other seasonal operations. 

Called Tiger Teams, crews of VDOT employees from various areas are often called upon during snow, hurricane and flooding events to supplement services in those areas hardest hit. 

“This was an opportunity for us to give a little back,” said Lynchburg’s District Administrator Rob Cary, PE.  “Last year a Tiger Team from the Eastern Shore came to our area to support the Dillwyn Residency staff during a major winter event.  We are one team at VDOT and will go where we must to help our fellow VDOTers and citizens.” 

Lynchburg District crew members who participated on the Tiger Teams for this event included: Emanuel Boyd, David Burgess, Jeffrey Lacks, Oscar Martin, John Rigney, James Seate and Kent Shelton. 

In recognizing the employees, Kenneth Martin, Halifax Residency Maintenance Manager, said, “While I know the great work these individuals do on a daily basis, I was delighted to receive a message from the receiving supervisor who said that he would like to think his employees would represent his residency as well as our crew members did.  It made me proud of our folks and pleased to know their efforts were appreciated.” 

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