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LETTERS: Rutledge has good resume of work for top PIO award

The Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers of Gwinnett County extend sincere congratulations to Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge, recently honored by Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine as Public Information Officer of the Year.

As we well know, Rutledge is a constant presence at disaster scenes across Gwinnett County, and his steady, authoritative and patient manner provides an oasis of calm during crisis. He is a respected liaison between the Red Cross and Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, and ensures that our team is able to help disaster-stricken families as quickly as possible with food, shelter, clothing and other emergency resources.

Whether it's a single home fire at 3 a.m. or a multi-unit apartment fire on Christmas Eve, we can always count on Rutledge to put the needs of affected families above all. He is never too tired to thank Red Cross volunteers on the scene for their help, or to use the "teachable moment" that a disaster affords to share messages on fire safety and preparedness with our community. For this he has our deepest appreciation.

The entire Red Cross Disaster Action Team in Gwinnett County agrees. This is an honor that's truly deserved. It's a privilege to work with Captain Rutledge and the firefighters who serve our community.

— Kathleen Innes

Co-Captain, Gwinnett Disaster Action Team

American Red Cross