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Loganville honors local heroes for bravery

LOGANVILLE — Fire Chief Danny Roberts took the opportunity during Thursday’s city council meeting to recognize several local heroes.

Sgt. Andy Freeman received the Medal of Valor for rescuing an elderly person from a blazing assisted care living facility on Oct. 10. Freeman then conducted another search to be sure that no occupants remained inside. The sergeant acted alongside Walton County emergency personnel and a Rockdale County sheriff’s deputy.

Several other fire and emergency personnel were recognized Thursday, following two separate cardiac arrest calls. Sgt. Stephen Wilson, Sgt. Rex Wamer, Lt. Scott Carson and Sgt. Jessica Pazinets saved a patient’s life. Walton County paramedics Junior Laws and Leslie Godfrey also attended this call.

A Sept. 29 emergency call, also for cardiac arrest, was answered by Lt. Kyle Mackenzie, Lt. Michael Moon, Sgt. Stephen Wilson and Sgt. Joey McCall. Walton County paramedic Brad Davis and EMT Kevin Cissner also attended the call. These public safety professionals kept the patient alive, retaining a pulse, until they reached the hospital, but he died a few days later.

According to Roberts, the average survival rate from the scene to the hospital is 5 to 7 percent. In Loganville, that rate jumps to 50 percent. Roberts added that the response time to both distress calls was four minutes.

“Most of us can’t walk out to our cars in that amount of time,” Roberts said.

Eighth annual Jingle Jog scheduled

Jingle Jog, an event that supports Children with Autism and the Council for Exceptional Children, is scheduled for noon Saturday. The Loganville police department will patrol the parade route, making sure access is possible to affected neighborhoods.

Civic groups honored

Councilwoman Michelle Lynch publicly recognized several civic groups Thursday, thanking them for participating in city-wide events. Representatives from the Loganville Women’s Club, American Legion and Loganville Legacy Lions Club were applauded for volunteering for the Autumn Heritage Festival, the tree lighting and the Christmas parade.