Anita McBurnett Obituary, Former Marshall County EMA director has passed away

Anita McBurnett Obituary, Former Marshall County EMA director has passed away

Anita McBurnett Obituary,  Death – This morning, I was shocked to read about Anita McBurnett’s demise, and my heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends. It was in the year 1998 when I first made contact with Anita. She worked for the Arab Police Department. I worked for The Arab Tribune when I was a young reporter there. In those days, in order to enter the PD, you either needed to be buzzed in or you had to punch a code on the keypad that was located there. In order for me to obtain police reports, the then-Chief Mike Blackwood had provided me with the code that would allow me to enter and exit the building at will.

Anita was unaware that I possessed the code. I wasn’t familiar with Anita at all. On that particular day, I pushed the door open, entered the code, and then walked inside. I wasn’t really paying attention to anything, and I had taken about four steps when a woman officer’s palm came down on my chest with a hard grip. I had just taken those four steps. It brought a halt to my forward progress. When I turned around, Anita, the police officer, was asking me, “Is there anything that I can assist you with?”

Now, everybody who knew Anita is aware that she was very business-oriented, and I could tell by the way that she was looking at me that she did not believe that I belonged there based on the expression on her face. I mumbled something along the lines of, “I’m the new man with the Tribune,” as I introduced myself. I guess I wasn’t saying it loud enough because the only response I got from her was a curt “excuse me?”

After I had repeated what she had said, she responded by saying, “Oh, I’m officer McBurnett, pleased to meet you.” Since then, we have been good friends. When she became the director of the Marshall County Emergency Management Organization (EMA), I knew that the agency would be in capable and experienced hands. That was the case. Later on, I was fortunate enough to work with her on personnel concerns for a period of twelve years while serving as president of the Marshall County Personnel Board, where I had previously served as a member of the board. She is responsible for EMA becoming one of the best in the nation. Anita McBurnett exemplified the ideal of a successful businessperson. She was a good friend of mine, and I shall miss having her around. Whether or not they are aware of it, the people who live in Marshall County are going to miss her tremendously.

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