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Barrow County CERT volunteers honored

Several members of the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team, a volunteer group, were recently honored for their service. The team donated more than 1,500 volunteer hours in 2013. (Special Photo)

Several members of the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team, a volunteer group, were recently honored for their service. The team donated more than 1,500 volunteer hours in 2013. (Special Photo)

WINDER — The Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team recently honored several of its volunteers for their commitment to “go above and beyond to serve their community.”

The CERT team — which consists of “trained volunteers from the community assisting emergency service personnel during large natural disasters” — donated more than 1,500 hours of volunteer work in 2013, including time spent with local amateur radio clubs, citizens police academies and many charities.

One man, Vance Oakes, was even able to save a life.

“When his friend went off the road on his motorcycle just in front him, Vance used his skills from the CERT class to save his life,” a news release said. “Although very humble about it, Vance was the reason his friend is alive today.”

Other volunteers honored for their commitment included: Steven Southerland, Shannon Baxter, Michelle Martin, Carol Goodnight, Michael Wolcott and Richard Pepper.

Anyone interested in more information on the CERT program should visit barrowcert.org or contact Penny Clack at 770-307-2987, ext. 1842.