Emery County Sheriff’s Office Press Release
ECSO employee and Public Information Officer (PIO) Janalee Luke was recently recognized at the Utah PIO Association Annual Conference in St. George. Luke was presented the award for excellence in Crisis Communications for her “dedicated work during the Trail Mountain Fire to keep the public informed and ensure clear and concise communication.”
If you followed the ECSO Facebook page during the fire, you know that Luke did much more than report on fire growth and percentage contained. She covered topics that she felt would be of public interest and focused on the hard work of firefighters and support crews rather than the devastation of the fire. She reported on the inner workings of the Incident Management Team and Fire Base Camp, and made trips up the canyon to capture photos of fire crews in action.
In speaking about the award, Janalee stated, “I prefer working behind the scenes, tucked away in my office without fanfare, but I will admit that it was fun seeing Utah news stations and newspapers sharing my photos and stories.”