Special to the Journal
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Dec. 27, 2013) – Four conservation rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division recently were recognized at the 2013 Governor’s Public Safety Awards ceremony.
Awards given at this ceremony are dedicated to the men and women of the Georgia public safety community in recognition of their acts of heroism, outstanding deeds and exemplary performance that enhances their profession.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve with these conservation rangers,” says Col. Eddie Henderson, Director of the Law Enforcement Division. “We know that they do great work all the time, and it is especially wonderful when their dedication is recognized by others.”
· RFC David Brady and Sgt. Chris Hodge: These two rangers were instrumental in the saving of a boating incident victim on Manhead Sound near St. Simons Island in June 2013. Their hands-on help with pulling a person from underneath a stranded vessel before high tide came in and as shock set in on the victim was truly critical to his survival.
· Sgt. Mark Carson: An urgent call regarding a potential suicide jumper on the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick created a partnership between Sgt. Carson and a Brunswick police officer. Both men engaged the distressed person in conversation, and when timing was just right, were able to grab potential victim from the bridge barrier and pull him to safety.
· Cpl. Michael Crawley: Responding to a situation with four lost hunters on the Ogeechee River, Cpl. Crawley was able to locate the hunters. They were in waist deep water approximately a mile from the river bank. One of the hunters panicked when he was instructed to swim and Crawley had to dive in to rescue him. Upon finally getting all four victims to land, the ranger helped to build a fire to warm them until extraction from the area could be done in the morning.