Georgia News

Friday, December 7, 2018

Richmond Hill fire chief announces retirement

This week, the city of Richmond Hill announced there will be a change in leadership for its fire department. Chief Ralph Catlett is retiring at the end of the year. He tells us leaving this station at the end of the month will be a tough task, but he us told he’s doing so with a foundation he’s worked hard to lay. Chief Catlett came to Richmond Hill Fire Department close to five years ago. He’s retiring after 45 years as a firefighter working most of those years near Valdosta. He says it was just the right time for him to retire and spend more time with his family. He’s proud of where he’s lead the department and where it will continue to go, especially when it comes to staffing.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Woman’s body found after house fire in Haralson County; 2 young kids rescued

A woman believed to be in her early 20s was found dead inside a burning home in Haralson County on Thursday morning, authorities said. Around 6:10 a.m., Haralson County firefighters responded to a house fire on Gillette Road near Tallapoosa, Fire Chief Brian Walker told Channel 2 Action News. Two adults, a 6-month-old and a 4-year-old were also trapped in the home and were rescued by firefighters, Walker said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Retired Augusta firefighter sues for age discrimination

A new lawsuit accuses Augusta government of forcing a firefighter to retire due to his age. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court this week by retired Augusta Fire Department lieutenant Anthony Galvin, 55, contends city officials told Galvin if he did not retire by Aug. 1, he would be fired. Department spokesman Michael Meyers said the city had not been served with the suit Thursday and does not comment on pending litigation. “As is customary, this matter will be handled by legal staff with all appropriate defenses being asserted,” he said. According to the lawsuit, prior to being told to retire, Galvin was falsely accused of threatening a fire sergeant with a weapon. The sergeant later recanted his accusation and received a reprimand. Galvin was cleared but later city Fire Chief Chris James rescinded the sergeant’s reprimand, the suit said.

Cobb Co. firefighter who saved boy from High Falls honored at Georgia Public Safety awards

12 awards were given Thursday for saving lives, and 2 for outstanding job performance. Law enforcement from all across Georgia joined forces to recognize their brave colleagues. Governor Nathan Deal addressed the public safety community that works to protect Georgia every day. "They're all the best examples we have of Georgians who are working to make their space in this state the best they can be," says Governor Deal. Euronews speaks exclusively to Georgia’s new President-elect, Salome Zurabishvili featured by Among the 12 courageous officers, 1 Cobb County firefighter, Rusty Brown, was honored for saving a young boy's life. Two brothers, James and Christian Burdette, were playing at High Falls State Park in October 2017 when they both fell down the waterfall onto rocks. Brown responded to the call. Christian died after the fall, but James called 911, and Brown was lowered by helicopter on a 100-foot rope.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Smoking materials start fire in garage of Suwanee home

Smoking materials are being blamed for a fire that damaged the garage of a Suwanee home and displaced three people Thursday, according to a Gwinnett County fire spokesman. Firefighter Driver Engineer Donald Strother said a neighbor called 9-1-1 to report smoke and flames at the two-story home on the 1800 block of Belmont Creek Pointe in unincorporated Suwanee. Although three adults live at the home, no one was there at the time, Strother said. “Per the incident commander, no one was home so firefighters had to force entry,” Strother said. “Attack lines were deployed and a quick stop enabled the crews to keep fire damage contained to the garage. The first and second floors of the structure have extensive smoke damage.” The three people who lived at the home were displaced because of the damage caused by the fire, but Strother said they did not request assistance from the American Red Cross. No one was injured during the fire either.
Gwinnett Daily Post

One injured in Hwy. 54 East house fire

A Dec. 6 house fire on Ga. Highway 54 East resulted in the occupant being transported for medical treatment. Deputy Fire Chief Tom Bartlett said units at 1 p.m. responded to a reported structure fire at 1491 Hwy. 54 East. The call came from a passing motorist, Bartlett said. “The first unit arrived to find a one-story home with fire showing,” Bartlett said. Bartlett said that, based on information at the scene, units went into rescue mode and, with the assistance of sheriff’s deputies, removed one occupant from a bedroom in the rear of the house through a front door. Bartlett said the occupant, a male, approximately 70 years old, was in serious condition at the scene and was flown to Grady Hospital. No one else was home at the time of the fire, he added.
The Citizen

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Gwinnett County fire crews rescue occupant during Loganville house fire

Gwinnett County Firefighters rescued an adult from a house fire started by a candle in Loganville Wednesday evening. Three adults were at the home and two of them were able to escape, according to Assistant Public Information Officer Donald Strother in a press release. One resident reported the fire just after 8:45 p.m. and said a resident was trapped upstairs. Strother said crews used a ground ladder to rescue the occupant, who was hanging out of a second story window on the back of the two-story, single family home in the 3700 block of Pine Village Place. Three crews responded to the fire. One crew assisted one person who was evacuating from the first floor of the home while the other rescued the person trapped upstairs. All three crews made a fire attack through the front door and knocked down the heavy fire within six minutes of arrival.

Buckhead mansion heavily damaged in overnight fire

When a fire broke out at a Buckhead mansion late Wednesday night, officials said the homeowners tried unsuccessfully to put out the flames. The blaze only grew, Channel 2 Action News reported. It took extra resources to put out the fire at the home on Blackland Road in Buckhead’s upscale Tuxedo Park neighborhood, Atlanta fire officials told the news station. The home’s residents all made it out without injuries, but officials said the structure has major damage. "It's a large home, it's a cold night,” Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford told Channel 2 from the scene. “So we have resources out here to, number one, to make sure that the fire was extinguished safely."
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Valdosta Fire Department, Mayor donate gifts to center

Smiles were plentiful Wednesday as residents at the Parkwood Developmental Center received Christmas gifts from city officials. The Valdosta Fire Department and Mayor John Gayle donated presents to about 40 residents during the Mayor’s Motorcade. The Mayor’s Motorcade is an annual program sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association that began gifting residents of a Thomasville medical facility with Christmas presents many years ago, Gayle said. When the facility closed, Gayle said he advocated keeping the program local and decided upon Parkwood as the recipient. Gifts will also be given to the center’s child residents who were at school during the time of the event, said Pat Newbern, recreation and pre-vocation director. “It really means a lot to our clients,” Newbern said. “They love them coming. They started this morning, ‘Fire trucks are coming. Fire trucks are coming.’”
Union Recorder

Fire damages Pembroke restaurant, next door business

A Pembroke restaurant will be closed for a while after a fire damaged it and a surrounding business. Pembroke Fire says the fire broke at Johnny’s Grill on West Bacon Street just after 11 p.m. Wednesday night. When firefighters arrived, they found flames and smoke coming from the roof of the structure. Additional firefighters were called in, and they were able to get the fire out in about 30 minutes. The interior of the restaurant was heavily damaged. A hardware store next door also has minor damage.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Nine People Injured In Two Separate Haralson County House Fires Thursday

Haralson County Fire Rescue early Thursday responded to a pair of fires that resulted in injury to at least nine people. According to Haralson County Fire Chief Brian Walker, the first fire occurred on Mt. View Circle between Bremen and Temple. Three individuals were taken to Grady Medical in Atlanta and are being treated inside the hospital’s burn unit. The second fire was reported before 7:00am in the Pine Grove & Jalliet area outside of Tallapoosa city limits. Walker said he expects crews will be on the scene for much of Thursday morning. At least six people suffered injury in this fire, he said.
Gradick Communications

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