Deputy Recognized For Dedication To Safety At County Railroad Crossings


Thursday, May 1, 2008

A Carroll County Sheriff deputy has been recognized for his efforts to identify and clean up hazardous railroad crossings.

Vicky Moore of the Angels on Track Foundation presented Depty Ed Hale with a plaque last week in appreciation for his efforts to clean up a crossing on SR 39 in Sherrodsville.

Hale said he was working in Sherrodsville in July 2006 when a citizen told him of an unsafe grade crossing in the village.  “He said it was an accident waiting to happen,” Hale said.  “He told me the Wheeling and Lake Erie crossing located at SR 39 and Crane Rd. had an area of grown up weeds and trees with bushes making it hard to see down the rail line when stopped at the white stop bar.”

Hale said he checked the situation out for himself and discovered the vision from the white stop bar as impaired.  He reported it to the railroad, located in Brewster.  His investigation of the situation produced information that the plants, trees and brush were located on the Wheeling and Lake Erie right-of-way.

By the end of the same month, the railroad had cleaned up the area and during August the project was completed.

Moore praised Hale for his efforts and noted it was not part of his duties as a deputy to work to alleviate the problem.  “He did this on his own time for the safety of the community.”

Angels on Track Foundation was founded in 1997 by Vicky and Denny Moore of Mechanicstown.  In 1995, their 16-year-old son and two other teens were killed at a railroad crossing on Deerfield Ave. near the Stark-Wayne County line when their vehicle was struck by a train.

The Moores said the view at the crossing was hindered by brush so much so vehicles had to pull onto the edge of the tracks to see if a train was approaching.  They said there were no crossing gates, lights or signals at the location.

They used the $5.4 million from the lawsuit settlement to establish the Foundation.  Funds are used to install gates and other safety devices at railroad crossings in Ohio.

Hale resides near Harlem Springs with his wife, Jessica, and young daughter.

Deputy Ed Hale



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