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
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.
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 Galvin was cleared but later city Fire Chief Chris James rescinded the sergeant’s reprimand, the suit said.
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.
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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 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
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.