By Marie Roberts / Guest Writer
The Meridian Star
Quickly gaining respect as an advocate for safety in the community, Meridian native Brian McCary is a helper by nature. The assistant funeral director for James F. Webb Funeral Home and Southeast High School graduate took the initiative to keep area residents informed about criminal and suspicious activity through social media.
After starting a community page of Facebook called “Crime in Meridian, Miss.,” McCary vowed to help the Queen City be a better place to live.
“My father has always taught me to help others and that's what I try to do,” McCary said.
When another virtual neighborhood watch page gained popularity, McCary decided to support it.
“After talking with the admins on the Community Watch page, it just made sense to have one central page where people could get the information instead of having to search different places,” McCary said.
Now, the Community Watch Facebook page is a closed group with more than 4,000 members, and is founded on the notion that people of the community can share information about crimes or suspicious activity in the East Central Mississippi and West Central Alabama area.
McCary, who would someday like to get into local politics and “try to make a real difference in people’s lives,” gained respect within Community Watch group after offering up his time and energy to help protect people in and around Meridian.
Just under a week ago, McCary posted this message to the group: “If you lack the knowledge or are elderly or disabled and need help putting up security lights or installing chain lock and deadbolts. I will do the labor free of charge just message me. If I can help let me know.”
His act of service to others has inspired a new wave of fans to the group, many of whom answered his call to action. When asked what he thinks the public can do to improve Meridian, McCary’s answer is simple – always be aware of your surroundings and on the lookout for people that might need help.
“I offered to put lights and locks up for people that are elderly and disabled, or lack the knowledge,” McCary said. “As a Christian I believe we are all called to serve and this is just one way I can serve my fellowman.”
The father of four girls stays busy in and around town, and shares his thoughts on the Queen City’s current state.
“I don't feel like I’m in danger when I go to Wal-Mart or anything like that. But I think we do have a crime problem, and the only way to truly fix it is to involve people of all walks of life to get different outlooks.”
In his spare time, McCary has served as a missionary and is currently working on a Christian-based organization called Bended Knees Outdoors, which will be a group that will help disabled and handicap people enjoy the outdoors.
As for his life motto, McCary stays positive: "Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need to find one good reason why it will."