Georgia News

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

’He needs our help’: Former Bibb Co. firefighter waiting for life-saving transplant

A former Macon-Bibb firefighter and military veteran is fighting for his life as he waits for a kidney transplant. After the military, Leroy Jackson served with Macon's fire department for 35 years, eventually becoming captain. "I have grand kids that I really care a lot about, but right now, right now, you know when they come over I just try to pick them up, I don't have that strength to do that," said Jackson. Jackson has dedicated his life to public service, and now needs help from the community he served for over three decades. "I spend most of my life up there in the room because once I hook up, I'm limited where I can go," he said. Jackson has been on the waiting list for a transplant for five years. Those closest to him said that he deserves the chance to to get back from a community that he gave so much to.
WGXA-TV Fox 24 Macon

Follow Up: Atlanta Mayor says court battle with former fire chief was too costly

A lengthy legal battle stemming from the firing of former Atlanta fire chief Kevin Cochran who penned an inflamatory book that condemned homosexuality has ended with the city agreeing to pay the ousted employee $1.2 million. The case drew national attention and led to a two-and-a-half-year highly publicized legal battle between Cochran, who authored the 162-page book that compared homosexuality with bestiality, and the city, which fired him in January of 2015. The city concluded that a federal court ruling in the case from December left taxpayers exposed to an even larger payout if they didn’t settle with Cochran. The city will be paying at least some to his lawyers, which include a legal group out of Arizona that has advocated for anti-gay policies.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hero family saves elderly Burke County woman from house fire

Two Burke County kids are being honored after they On Monday, Oct. 15, Burke County firefighters responded to a house fire on Chris and Jerry Dr. While on the scene, EMA officials learned that 8-year-old Brooke Greeley was playing in the yard when she heard Mrs. Palma screaming for help from inside the burning home. Brooke ran home and told her mother, Jennifer, and brother, Graysen. By the time Jennifer and Graysen arrived, Mrs. Palma had made her way onto the front porch, but could not get out because of overgrown plants. Jennifer and Graysen were able to clear a path to get Mrs. Palma to safety. Graysen attempted to go back into the house to rescue several dogs, but by then the fire had spread and began igniting ammunition stored in the home.
WFXG-FOX 54 Augusta

City of Comers old-time siren gets a new shine

Smart phones are the modern form of alert system. But old-timey warning equipment remains in use in a number of small towns — the rotating sirens. The City of Comer has a 100-year-old Darley Champion siren on an approximate 30-foot pole at the corner of the parking lot next to the Comer Travel Museum. That siren was recently taken down and refurbished by Danielsville Fire Chief Marc Perry, then placed atop a square pole next to the lot, which Comer officials plan to have paved within the next year. That lot will have 20-to-25 parking spaces.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Atlanta agrees to $1.2M settlement with former fire chief

The city of Atlanta has settled a lawsuit with a former fire chief over his firing for a book containing passages which some saw as anti-gay. The Atlanta City Council approved a settlement agreeing to pay fired Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran $1.2 million. In 2013, Cochran wrote a book about his Christian faith titled "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" for a men's Bible study and gave it to around a dozen subordinates he said had either requested copies or shared his beliefs. The city suspended Cochran and then fired him in January 2015, with Mayor Kasim Reed saying he fired Cochran because the chief violated policy by promoting the book on the job.
WAGA-TV Atlanta MyFox 5 News

Fire rips through house on Old Dawson Road in Albany

Multiple units of the Albany Fire Department battled a house fire in the 5400 block of Old Dawson Road. That home is now unlivable after fire ripped through it Monday morning. Albany Fire fighters got the call around 8:45 for a house fire, but an AFD captain says the fire was extinguished by 9:20. No one was home at the time, but the family's pet bird did die in the fire. The fire began in the first floor of the home and smoke spread to the second floor making the home unlivable. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.
WALB-TV NBC 10 Albany

Alpharetta firefighters help with Hurricane Michael recovery in Florida

After Hurricane Michael tore through the region last week, people in the Florida panhandle are working to recover. But local fire departments in the area needed help. Some of their neighbors to the north in Georgia answered the call. Five members of Company 83 in Alpharetta and about 15 other firefighters from Georgia went to Panama City this past weekend to help people there in their recovery efforts. The firefighters cut down trees, removed debris, assisted in tarping and boarding and delivered supplies. Company 83 posted photos of its work to its Facebook page on Monday. “The pictures do not (do) justice to the level of destruction in the area,” the post read. “We did what we could but there is a lot of work left to do. Please pray for the Florida Panhandle.” Hurricane Michael was a Category 4 storm when it made landfall in Florida last Wednesday. The eye of the storm hit land just east of Panama City Beach.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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