Explore Corsicana January-March 2019 - Page 22

MAKING A DIFFERENCE Emergency response Top school cop Oil City Iron Works, Navarro County GOP chairman, Emergency Management Coordinator Corsicana ISD Police Eric R. Meyers Eric R. Meyers would be an extremely busy man just as the Chief Execu- tive Officer of Oil City Iron Works in Corsicana. But, in addition to that, Meyers is also the the Emer- gency Management Coordinator, serv- ing in this volun- tary position for nearly two decades now. Recently, he was elected Chairman of the Navarro County Re- publican Party, a role that also keeps him hopping. Add to that his many boards, committees and family time with wife Angela and two teen children, and it’s hard to figure out when this guy sleeps. In the role of OEM Coordinator alone, Meyers has logged countless hours of training, meetings, travel, storm-spotting, and just plain preparing for any and all emergencies. He is on a first-name basis with pretty much every first responder in the county, as he’s worked with them all at one point or another. Through the years, Meyers and his philanthropic spirit have received many awards, a few of which are: VOICE: Gioia Keeney Service award to Chil- dren, 2012; United Way of Navarro County Jane Biltz Volunteer of the Year Award for 2013-2014; Navarro County Volunteer Firefighters Outstand- ing Service Award of 2015; Corsicana and Navarro County Tom White Citizens of the Year Award 2016; and Navarro County Child Advocacy Center room dedication 2017. A few places he’s been involved include Precinct 103 Chair Navarro County GOP, North Central Texas Council of Governments REPAC, Navarro County LEPC, VOICE, the Palace Theatre, Corsi- cana Country Club, United Way of Navarro Coun- ty, The Navarro Community Foundation, Texas Chapter of the American Foundry Society, Govern- ment Affairs Committee of the National AFS and others. Meyers’ belief is it is up to his generation to not only set a high bar for the younger generations, but to build on foundations of those set before. 22 Chris Jacinto Chris Jacinto has been serving the community of Corsicana as former Cor- sicana Police Department and as a current School District Officer for quite some time now, but the life he has now is a far cry from his past. Growing up, Jacinto’s parents were in and out of jail, leaving him alone and unable to fend for himself. A local police officer took him in and gave him the op- portunity to not just survive, but to thrive. He was able to learn valuable skills that helped him to become the man he is today: a hard-working, caring and dedicated member of his community. While he did not always know his exact career path, it soon became clear that rather than be behind bars, he wanted to be on the other side. Jacinto has been known to schedule basketball game meet-ups to get students involved in positive activities outside of school. He has also attended birthday parties for those within the community he has met along the way and tries to spend time with those he values most as often as possible. This past Christmas season Jacinto took part in “Shop with a Cop,” an initiative to help four local families be able to afford Christmas gifts for their children. The group was also able to provide six families full holiday dinners to enjoy. He has also participated in the Derrick Days games, goes to all fundraising opportunities and works closely with the Corsicana Education Foundation. With a wife and four children of his own, Jacinto enjoys his time with his family along with any sports or activities the kids may be involved in. He also enjoys working out at the gym. While loving the ability to protect and serve, Jacinto believes that being able to help others is universal and em- powering to those around him. Treating everyone the same and looking at all circumstances has allowed him to realize that not everything in life is black and white. Jacinto feels a sense of pride in his community and plans on furthering his services in whatever way he can. Showing up, participating and gaining the trust of others is some- thing he has and will continue to do as an officer and also, as a friend. J A N - M A R C H 2 0 1 9 |   C O R S I C A N A DA I LY S U N | E X P LO R E C O R S I C A N A