Deputies save woman's life

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two deputies saved the life of a 75-year-old woman who apparently went into cardiac arrest last week at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Bessie Burton, of Atlanta, was inside the auditorium with a family friend and her son-in-law on July 20 when she stopped breathing. Deputies responded quickly and found her sitting in a chair in the last aisle with her head tilted back. She was pale and had no pulse, according to an unusual occurrence report.

The deputies used an automatic external defibrillator to administer a shock that jump-started Burton's heart. When paramedics arrived and took over rescue efforts, she was breathing with assistance and had a weak pulse, the report stated.

It was the fourth time that deputies have used an AED to aid someone in cardiac arrest at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, said Stacey Kelley, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department.

"She is doing fine, she is talking and still in the hospital," Kelley said Wednesday.

Girl tosses first pitch at Braves game

NORCROSS - A local girl is throwing out tonight's first pitch at the Braves game.

Kristine Lazzenberry, a rising third-grader at Hopewell Christian Academy in Norcross, has been selected to throw out the first pitch at the Atlanta Braves home game vs. the Florida Marlins.

Lazzenberry was chosen from a large group of Kids R Kids youngsters attending the baseball game. The honor roll student was voted Outstanding Student of the Year last year at Hopewell.


gets scholarship

FLOWERY BRANCH - An administrator in the Barrow County schools received a scholarship this month.

Claire Michael, the district's executive curriculum director, received a Yates Scholarship from the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.

The $500 award is presented annually to a member who has made important contributions to the association and is enrolled in college or university leadership programs. Michael is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at Georgia State University.

Cities accredited

for Main Street

SUWANEE - The cities of Suwanee, Duluth and Winder have received accreditation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street program.

It was Suwanee's third consecutive year of recognition. A total of 74 cities in the state were recognized for their downtown development programs.

To be designated a Main Street community, a city must demonstrate a commitment to physically improving buildings and public spaces and must aggressively promote building and economic development of the downtown area.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.