MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Patty Tucker

Patty Tucker has served as the Executive Director for the North Mississippi chapter the past 15 years. She retires on November 30th.

Posted: Nov 24, 2017 10:24 AM
Updated: Nov 24, 2017 10:45 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The American Red Cross responds to an emergency every 8 minutes.

One local Lee County woman knows this statistic all too well.

Patty Tucker has served as the Executive Director for the North Mississippi chapter the past 15 years.

This holiday season, Tucker is grateful for 15 years with the American Red Cross.

"I'm so thankful for this humanitarian organization that is on the front line when there is a disaster," Tucker said.

It's emotional as she walks down this hallway for the last time.

"It's bittersweet, tears of joy, I know it's time for me to move on," Tucker said.

Tucker is truly counting her blessings.

She says she is thankful for the community support, the volunteers, her staff and more importantly, the opportunity to serve.

"It's always a joy when you are helping people.  Sometimes when people are at their worst and have lost  everything and you are able to give them a little bit of hope," Tucker said.

Helping others has always been her passion.

"When I started, I carried a pager. There was many a night, I got up and was at a fire," Tucker said.

Now, a new chapter.

"I'm looking forward to spending time with my family and my husband and my grandchildren," Tucker said.

Tucker may be turning a new page in her life, she shares a message for the community.

"Continue to be a volunteer, continue to support the North Mississippi American Red Cross so they can continue to be there when a family needs them the most," Tucker said.

In her retirement, Tucker plans to volunteer with the American Red Cross.

Members of the community plan to celebrate her official retirement on November 30th.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 514171

Reported Deaths: 10285
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34920557
DeSoto33270432
Hinds32652642
Jackson24876391
Rankin22516404
Lee16366245
Madison14932283
Jones14129247
Forrest13785260
Lauderdale12279324
Lowndes11314193
Lamar10663140
Pearl River9720244
Lafayette8855143
Hancock7839132
Washington7553169
Oktibbeha7216138
Monroe7036179
Pontotoc7003109
Warren6872178
Panola6768135
Neshoba6732210
Marshall6686142
Bolivar6451151
Union640898
Pike5933156
Alcorn5887107
Lincoln5533136
George510380
Prentiss505385
Tippah492783
Itawamba4857107
Scott478199
Adams4771125
Tate4765117
Leflore4736144
Copiah457095
Yazoo456692
Simpson4554117
Wayne443172
Covington434695
Sunflower4315106
Marion4279112
Coahoma4238109
Leake414090
Newton395782
Tishomingo384894
Grenada3777109
Stone365766
Jasper340866
Attala338790
Winston317892
Chickasaw316167
Clay312578
Clarke301295
Calhoun285949
Holmes271889
Smith269452
Yalobusha244247
Tallahatchie232053
Greene224749
Walthall221866
Lawrence219141
Perry213456
Amite209857
Webster206248
Noxubee188743
Montgomery181857
Carroll174941
Jefferson Davis173843
Tunica163339
Benton153139
Kemper145041
Choctaw136727
Claiborne134439
Humphreys132139
Franklin126029
Quitman107628
Wilkinson106139
Jefferson96934
Sharkey65321
Issaquena1957
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Cases: 845761

Reported Deaths: 16119
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Mobile742411381
Madison53315732
Shelby38351369
Baldwin38104589
Tuscaloosa36052641
Montgomery34492781
Lee25590263
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Morgan22459406
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DeKalb12985269
Walker12067380
Blount10729192
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Jackson10170194
Coffee9425192
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Dale9024192
Tallapoosa7273201
Russell708865
Chilton7042170
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Covington6943195
Franklin6338108
Chambers5785142
Marion5413130
Dallas5295209
Pike5123109
Clarke484886
Lawrence4831129
Winston4780110
Geneva4643136
Bibb434594
Barbour369980
Butler3439100
Marengo342393
Monroe337466
Randolph334867
Pickens333988
Fayette330085
Henry320766
Hale318489
Cherokee318363
Crenshaw260777
Washington256952
Cleburne254560
Lamar251953
Clay251169
Macon245064
Conecuh193162
Coosa185547
Lowndes178268
Wilcox177638
Bullock152545
Perry141840
Sumter139241
Greene130245
Choctaw93228
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