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      Governor Nathan Deal recognizes Lee County fire fighter for heroism

      Govenor Nathan Deal at an event earlier in the year.

      In a press release issued Monday morning, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has recognized eight for professional contributions and 18 public safety professionals for acts of heroism, one of which is from Lee County.

      I am honored to recognize our brave law enforcement officers and emergency responders who risk their lives every day to make our state a safer place, said Deal in the release. Public safety is one of the most solemn obligations of state government, and I thank these heroes for their selfless commitment to Georgia citizens.

      The annual Governor TMs Public Safety Awards program began in 1998 to recognize public safety officers who go above and beyond the call of duty to protect citizens and make significant contributions to the public safety profession at large.Alan Harris of the Lee County Fire Department was recognized for his heroism when he helped save a paraplegic victim trapped in a residential fire July 31st, 2011.

      Heroism Recipients:Bobby Atma, Columbia County Sheriff TMs OfficeKeith E. Cox, Columbia County Sheriff TMs OfficeMatthew J. MacDonald, Georgia State PatrolWes Ward, Columbia County Sheriff TMs OfficeMacKay Bloodworth, Georgia State PatrolStanley Bowers, Gwinnett County Fire and EMSMichael Chastain, Gwinnett County Fire and EMSMichael Korb, Gwinnett County Fire and EMSDavid Brady, Department of Natural ResourcesDon Dasher, Department of Natural ResourcesClint Jarriel, Department of Natural ResourcesAlan S. Harris, Lee County Fire DepartmentJoe Hilton, Department of Natural ResourcesJack Lawrence, Jr., Georgia State PatrolJason M. Ross, Coweta County Sheriff TMs OfficeJames Bradley Walker, Georgia State PatrolJohn Matthew Webster, Gwinnett County Fire and EMSJason Williams, Cherokee County Fire and EMS

      Contribution to Profession Recipients:John G.R. Bankhead, Georgia Bureau of InvestigationGene Joy, Hall County Sheriff TMs OfficeTerry Lane Joyner, Alpharetta Department of Public SafetyThomas E. Buster King, Jr., Georgia Department of CorrectionsJ. Dale Mann, Georgia Public Safety Training CenterBilly Mitcham, Thomaston-Upson County Emergency Management AgencyJoseph Eugene Pope, Butt TMs County Sheriff TMs OfficeCourtney L. Terwilliger, Emanuel County EMS