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.
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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.
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.
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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.