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Tonawanda emergency services coordinator fired for erroneous alert

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An emergency alert that was sent from the Town of Tonawanda to cell phones across the region on Sept. 11 has led to the firing of the person deemed responsible for it.

The message was sent mid-morning, as many people were observing the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. It included tips for dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and was supposed to only be a test.

Rachelle May had not worked for the town since the incident and she was relieved of her duties as the town's part-time emergency services coordinator as of Oct. 11. A resolution to that effect was passed unanimously by the Tonawanda Town Board at its Oct. 19 meeting.

Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger would not discuss the incident, saying the dismissal was a confidential personnel matter.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.
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