April 27, 2022
WKRG works on feature to highlight MCHD Cannon Team
MOBILE, Ala. — Thanks to Devon Walsh and WKRG for coming out to the Vector Control compound this morning to do a feature on the MCHD Cannon Team. It is scheduled to run Friday during WKRG’s 6 p.m. newscast.
In 2016, an initiative called “MCHD Declares War on Physical Inactivity” began. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, then serving as Health Officer for Mobile County, pointed out that Alabama has one of the highest percentages of obesity in America.
The Cannon Team provided the starting signal for last week’s Old Mobile 8K race. By taking part in such activities, it encourages local residents to go outside and enjoy our beautiful surroundings while exercising.
This morning, the Cannon Team went through the preparations for firing the device. A team of MCHD employees has been trained to safely use the cannon.
Among those interviewed were Derrick Scott, who serves as the team’s captain, and Edward Franklin, a veteran of the team who loads the cannon.
The Lyle Line-Throwing Cannon, which has a 2.5-inch-diameter barrel, was manufactured in the early 1900s by Coston. It is not a replica, reproduction, or toy. The cannon was designed to fire a projectile attached to a rope to a boat or a victim in distress. Now it used to inspire those seeking a healthier lifestyle.
Any other groups interested in having the MCHD Cannon Team attend their event should contact the Office of Communications by calling 251-690-8823 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.