Daniel Hawbecker, Copperas Cove water superintendent, was recognized as the first Noon Exchange Club of Copperas Cove’s Employee of the Quarter on Aug. 8.
Hawberker was nominated by Daryl Uptmore, Cove’s Public Works director, who said Hawbecker was given the award for “exhibiting excellent leadership in handling the water crisis that occurred on July 12 through July 17.”
“Hawbecker minimized the impact by initiating the Stage 5 emergency water conservation plan,” he said, adding Hawbecker contacted necessary personnel and was quick to communicate the level of urgency throughout the city and ensured city residents received the notice to boil water.
Hawbecker was very thorough with his actions and asked to contact car wash owners and homeowners who were still running irrigation systems.
“Had it not been for Hawbecker’s quick response, the city would have been without water for many hours,” Uptmore said.
Copperas Cove Fire Chief Michael Neujahr, who assumed his duties as fire chief Aug. 4, was guest speaker for the meeting.
“You can only hope you can do the best you can for the community,” he said. “I hope to bring my experience to Copperas Cove.”
He briefly shared his previous work history with the club, which included 13 years of fire service and employment background with the Fire Marshal’s Office in Killeen.
“I am a firefighter-paramedic and I am also a licensed police officer with the state of Texas,” he said. “Killeen is a very busy community and I hope to bring a lot of knowledge over to Copperas Cove.”
Teddy bear pin
Dr. Parker Bogue, a Noon Exchange Club board member, received a Teddy Bear Child Abuse Prevention Pin from Mike Blount, district vice president, during the meeting.
Bogue’s pin symbolizes the National Exchange’s Time Out Teddy Bear given to agencies to assist in counseling of abused children. Bogue was awarded the pin for being as Blount described, “The child abuse prevention guru” since his responsibilities include the Noon Exchange’s child abuse prevention projects.
“Every year he goes the extra mile,” Blount said.