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08/17/07

Hometown Hero--Wildfire Responders

Jack Kingston presents firefighters and public safety officials with flags and certificates. Jack Kingston presents firefighters and public safety officials with flags and certificates.

Firefighters are some of our areas bravest heroes. Many risked their lives battling wildfires across southeast Georgia this past spring.  "600,000 acres when you combine it with Florida and 490,000 acres here burnt in Georgia," said Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA Dist. 1).

And with those staggering statistics, the Georgia Forestry Commission says that makes last spring's wildfire, which started in Waycross, the most damaging, most destructive and largest in Georgia history.

"I don't ever want to see anything like that again. It was a sight to behold not just the fire but the coming together of different agencies. It was amazing what took place," said McIntosh County public safety director Ray Parker.

"We had 44 states participate in fighting that fire and 3,300 firefighters from all over the country and it was a big effort. A lot of those guys spent a lot of time away from home and we just wanted to say thank you," said Kingston.

Congressman Kingston did just that, presenting firefighters and public safety officials with flags and certificates.

But those who helped fight the fire in Waycross weren't the only ones who were honored today. "We had a fire in McIntosh County that was a fairly large fire compared to the area, I think that people are showing their appreciation for what we do," said Darien Fire Department's fire chief David Gardner.

Their bravery, actions and humbleness. "Doing what you get paid to do, if you get paid," said Parker

Is what makes these firefighters this week's WTOC Hometown Heroes.

Reported by: David Hall, dhall@wtoc.com

 

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