Family plans peaceful protest after former Pulaski employee told to vacate town property after nearly 40 years

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PULASKI, Va. (WFXR) — Plans are underway to hold a peaceful protest in the park Tuesday evening on behalf of a long-time Pulaski employee who is facing eviction from a town-owned property that he has lived on since 1981.

Gary Martin — a former long-time employee of the Town of Pulaski — received an eviction notice in late September. Martin’s double-wide trailer sits on a property owned by the town, but he has lived there for nearly 40 years.

However, Pulaski’s interim Town Manager, Darlene Burcham, says there is no evidence to support his trailer being there.

A petition titled “Save Gary Martin’s Home” has received 1,772 signatures as of 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Those who sign the petition are asked to attend a peaceful protest on Tuesday evening in Jackson Park, across the street from Pulaski’s municipal building.

“It’s extremely important, I think,” said Martin’s son. “I mean, it’s different to have it on a piece of paper, but if the people are actually here to show the town that he really does have the support, I think it’d make a great big difference.”

The peaceful protest is set for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, just before the Town Council meeting. Martin will reportedly have a closed-door meeting with the interim town manager about the issue at 6 p.m.

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