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‘Papa Rick’ passes

Emergency preparedness director since 2004

Papa Rick. That’s what county employees affectionately called longtime Cherokee County Emergency Preparedness Director Rick Peterson, who died on Wednesday. He was 59. Peterson, who served as the county’s emergency preparedness director since 2004, embodied the name “Papa” — loving, guiding and especially caring when it came to serving the residents of Cherokee County. “The one thing that Rick always […]

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