Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens presented awards Thursday recognizing winners of the annual Excellence in Fire Safety awards, and the winning students of the statewide Fire Safety Poster and Essay contests.
Commissioner Hudgens presented the awards at the 2012 Life, Fire, and Safety Awards Banquet in Forsyth, Georgia. The annual banquet was held in conjunction with the observance of National Fire Prevention Month.
The individuals we honored today have made a personal effort to improve fire safety for all Georgians, Commissioner Hudgens said.
Winners of the Excellence in Fire Safety Awards were:Firefighert of the year - Royce Bottoms - Barrow County DepartmentFire Official of the Year - Lt. Aaron Fuller - Barrow County DepartmentFire Safety Educator of the Year - City of Monroe Fire DepartmentCitizens Award of Courage (17 and under) - Cooper Davis - Johns Creek, GeorgiaCitizens Award of Courage (18 and older) - Miller Jenkins - Augusta, GeorgiaCitizens Award of Courage (18 and older) - Felande D. Ross, II - Augusta, GeorgiaContestants in the poster and essay contests were required to reflect this year's theme, Fire Drills: "Have Two Ways Out," in the entries they submitted.
First-Place winners of the Fire Safety Poster Contest were:Jeremiah Lawrence - Kindergarten - Pike County Elementary School - ZebulonJoy Dikko - 1st Grade - Russell Elementary School - SmyrnaTy Griffin - 2nd Grade - Pike County Elementary School - Johns CreekMcKenzie Simpson - 3rd Grade - Dames Ferry Elementary School - GrayOlivia Yang - 4th Grade - Wilson Elementary School - Johns CreekAlexander Hunter - 5th Grade - Austin Road Elementary School - Stockbridge
Fire Safety Award Winners
First-Place winner of the Fire Safety House Essay Contest were:Zamir Anderson - 2nd Grade - C.L. Gideon Elementary School - Atlanta
First-Place winners of the Fire Safety Essay, open to all students from grades six through 12, were:Colt Sullivan - 6th Grade - Faith Christian Academy - GriffinMalik J. Lewis - 7th Grade - Georgia Cyber Academy - AtlantaHeidi Collett - 8th Grade - Dawson County Middle School - DawsonvilleKelsey Meaney - 9th Grade - Georgia Cyber Academy - AtlantaKameron Watson -10th Grade - Valdosta High School - ValdostaRebecca Campbell - 11th Grade - Valdosta High School - ValdostaLarry Florentine - 12th Grade - Dawson County High School - Dawsonville