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Loganville, Walton heroes honored

LOGANVILLE -- Civilians and emergency personnel were publicly honored during Loganville's Thursday City Council meeting.

On March 14, a 911 call was made, reporting a man complaining of chest pain at First Baptist Church. Residents Brenda Zolnick and Anne Benford were on the scene. They placed that call, then began administering CPR to the patient, also using the church's automated external defibrillator. Their actions, combined with the quick, professional actions of emergency workers who responded to the call, saved the patient's life.

In addition to the two civilians who received plaques recognizing their efforts, the Loganville Fire Department and Walton County EMTs were also honored. Sgt. Andy Freeman, Lt. Andy Logan, Avery Jones, Russell Cook and Troy Willard also received plaques from Loganville Fire Chief Danny Roberts.

"Of the estimated 400,000 emergency calls placed each year, in 89 percent of those cases, the public does not assist. In this case, the actions of the two women present started the chain of survival that saved (Mr. Barganier's) life," Roberts said.

Pavilion to be named for former mayor

The city pavilion, on which construction will begin soon and which is expected to be complete by July 4, will be named for former Loganville Mayor Ray Nunley, who succumbed last month to lung cancer. "This will be a great honor for a mayor who served us well," Councilman Skip Baliles said Thursday.

Hamby Construction has been awarded the construction bid for the pavilion, at a cost of $84,989. Councilman Mike Jones suggested Thursday that the go-ahead be given to proceed with construction, considering the tight time constraint of having the project finished in time for the city's Independence Day celebration. Jones made a motion that, since there are projected changes and additions to the proposed scope of work, an amount not to exceed $100,000 be approved so that the project can proceed unimpeded between now and July.

Police to purchase two vehicles, fingerprint scanning system

Police chief Mike McHugh asked council members for their approval to purchase a fully equipped police vehicle, using funds confiscated from local drug dealers. McHugh stated that the back window of the vehicle will have a decal stating "this vehicle purchased with money seized from local drug dealers."

City Manager Bill Jones asked the council for the OK to purchase a second patrol vehicle using $27,000 reimbursed to the city by Gwinnett County from the service delivery strategy resolution. The two new Chevrolet Impalas will replace two high-mileage police cars already owned by the city.

McHugh also asked for the council's approval to spend $16,400 on a Live Scan fingerprinting system for the city's police department. According to the chief, the GBI is moving away from rolled ink fingerprinting to the scanning method utilized by Live Scan. The approved vendor for the system is Eagle Solutions Inc.

Municipal court Judge Brad Brownlow set aside the funds for the purchase, McHugh said Thursday.

Relay for Ray raises $14,733

Vice Mayor Mark Kiddoo recognized Jones and Roberts during the council meeting, as co-captains of the city's Relay for Ray cancer fundraiser held April 26. The event, an effort to support and honor Nunley, raised $14,733 and placed the Relay for Ray team in first place for fundraising efforts.

Jones, in turn, presented Roberts with a certificate thanking him for his dedication and effort. The certificate entitles Roberts and his wife to a dinner at Outback Steakhouse, at Jones' expense.