Jeff Yates Retires

Mike Jones/Observer-Reporter

Jeff Yates, center, was honored Thursday after retiring this month as Washington County’s public safety director. His father, Albert Yates, is shown in the photo standing next to him, along with Commissioners Larry Maggi, Diana Irey Vaughan and Nick Sherman.

In the aftermath of the Election Day flood of 1985 that submerged much of the Mon Valley, Jeff Yates was asked by then county emergency services director Bracken Burns to come down to help coordinate the response and cleanup in Washington County.

Yates was working as a regional training coordinator for Emergency Medical Services Institute near Pittsburgh, but he was happy to help a friend in need, along with his fellow county residents since he was living in Bentleyville at the time.

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