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Chip Rice, Big Canoe Fire Department. Photo by Jim Francis.  

Rotary, Georgia Mountains Hospice honor Pickens public safety

By Judy Harvey

The Rotary Club of Jasper teamed up with Georgia Mountains Hospice November 12 to recognize dedicated public safety personnel across Pickens County. State Representative Rick Jasperse introduced Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Safety, who spoke at the event.

Representatives from 11 public safety organizations attended and each delegation recognized an employee of the year:

  • Anthony Sigman, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bobby Grier, Chattahoochee Technical College Public Safety
  • Butch Hollingsworth, Bethany Salem Fire Department
  • Casey Pickett, Pickens County 911
  • Chip Rice, Big Canoe Public Safety
  • Glenn Payne, Talking Rock Fire Department
  • Keith Elrod, Pickens County Fire/Rescue
  • Nathan Henderson, Jasper Police Department
  • Philip Henderson, Bent Tree Public Safety
  • Scott Brackett, City of Jasper Fire Department
  • TFC Eric Shaw, Georgia State Patrol.

A Medal of Valor Award also was presented by Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell to Nathan Henderson for extraordinary valorous action that undoubtedly saved lives of innocent civilians during an incident on Jan. 27, 2019.

In addition to the individual awards, David McDonald from the office of Georgia Congressman Doug Collins read an entry Collins placed into the Congressional Record.

The evening was closed with a memorial to Rocky McDowell of Pickens County Fire and Rescue who passed away recently. A portion of this event’s proceeds was set aside to give to his family by Sheriff Donnie Craig on behalf of the sponsors of this event.

The Rotary Club of Jasper meets most Wednesdays at noon at Chattahoochee Technical College. Its weekly program includes lunch and speakers that broaden attendees knowledge of issues within the local and global communities. Members and guests do this while enjoying the fellowship of other business and community leaders from Jasper, Pickens County, and beyond.

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