Georgia News

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

First responders speak out following Liberty County bus crash: ’It was chaos.’

An unthinkable tragedy led to the unlikeliest of heroes. Clay Rowe, a drywall worker, says he was heading home for some supplies Tuesday when he saw a bus pulled off to the side of the road on Highway 196. "All the little kids come running. I mean, they was running, hollering, 'We need help, we need help!'" he said. "I got out and gathered them all up. One little girl told me her sister was still on the bus. I could tell she was fighting back the tears herself and she was trembling." That girl was Sage Shuman, the older sister of 5-year-old Cambria, who died when the school bus veered off the road, crashing into a tree.
Fox 28 Media

Cobb County could move forward on land for new fire station

Cobb County could move one step closer today to replacing a fire station that dates back to the 1960s. Cobb commissioners will consider today spending $526,500 to buy 5 acres of land at 850 Hurt Road — located northwest of the intersection of Hurt and Hicks roads and north of the East-West Connector — for a new Fire Station 7. The new facility would replace the existing Station 7, which is right at the northwest portion of the intersection. Cobb County Fire Chier Randy Crider said the new station is needed to replace a facility that has come to the end of its useful life.
Marietta Daily Journal - Metered Site

Monday, December 11, 2017

Albany fire chief and Dougherty County EMA director announces retirement

On Thursday, the city of Albany announced that Fire Chief and Ema Director Ron Rowe announced that he will be retiring from his positions. Rowe has been with the Albany Fire Department for more than 30 years and became the fire chief in 2015. Chief Rowe began his career as a firefighter and continued to take progressively responsible positions over the years. He was elected to the Pension Board in 2006 where he served as vice chairman.
WTVM-TV News 9 Columbus

Two Monroe County firefighters receive Governor’s Public Service Award

Three teenage boys set out for a day of duck hunting back in January of this year. That day on the water turned into a distress call when their boat overturned. Jesse Suggs, a Monroe County Firefighter and EMT, says when he got to the scene, it was worse than he imagined. "We have false calls, you know -- someone thought they may have seen a boat overturned -- and thankfully, a majority of the time, it's nothing, but that day, it was definitely something." Suggs says that was one of his longer days.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Fallen firefighters honored in Savannah

Local firefighters, their families and other community members gathered in Savannah to remember the firefighters in the Chatham County area who made the ultimate sacrifice keeping us safe. The Savannah-Chatham Metro Area Firefighters Memorial was held outside the Savannah Fire and Emergency Services headquarters on Oglethorpe Avenue on Sunday. “It’s the ultimate sacrifice. It’s the sacrifice on the part of the families who do not have that loved one, that member of their family anymore, it’s a sacrifice for the firefighters because we’re all family as well,” said Compliance Officer Thad Dixon with the Chatham Fire Department.
WJCL Savannah

Thomasville Fire Rescue celebrates 150 years of service

2017 was an important year for Thomasville Fire Rescue, as the department marked 150 years of service to the Thomasville community. On December 30, TFR will formally recognize the occasion as well as the first line of duty death in the department, which occurred 100 years ago on December 30, 1917. According to Fire Chief Chris Bowman, both occasions will be remembered during this year’s Firefighter Appreciation Dinner. “Thomasville firefighters have been a part of protecting citizens and their homes from fire for 150 years,” said Bowman.
Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Atlanta police body cam video shows rescue from life-threatening car fire

In the middle of the night, under an Atlanta overpass, five police officers fought for one thing. Time. You feel and sense their desperation and determination through the body camera Officer Michael Skillman was wearing. Just watching it your heart accelerates and you can sense a prickle of adrenaline. A car with two men inside has slammed into a bridge abutment, flames pour from under the hood. The doors are jammed and Officer Skillman's fire extinguisher empties -- with no effect.

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