Firefighters honored for saving lives

by Wes Mayer


Four Newnan firefighters were present at the Christmas dinner Tuesday night and received their distinguished service medal for lifesaving efforts. From left are Richard Scott, Jim Murphy, Joe Loftin, Capt, Damon Rosser and Chief David Whitley. 

The Newnan Fire Department held its annual Christmas dinner Tuesday to honor the firefighters who helped save lives this year in Newnan.

Before presenting the awards, Newnan Fire Chief David Whitley gave a brief review of the department’s performance this year. At this point, according to Whitley, the department has completed all required training and inspections and is now focused entirely on answering calls. This year, he said, there were no serious injuries among firefighters, only a few sprains, and no firefighter missed more than a week of work.

“That tells me you are all looking out for each other and taking care of each other,” Whitley said.

Whitley was also proud to say the department’s ISO — Insurance Service Office — rating was improved from a 4 to a 3. This placed the Newnan Fire Department in the top 56 departments in the state of Georgia, and in the top 2000 in the United States, Whitley said.

“I think this is a reflection on everyone here working and sacrificing,” Whitley said. “This truly is a team effort from the city on down.”

This year, 10 firefighters were responsible for saving lives in the city of Newnan. Because of this, Whitley presented each with the Distinguished Service medal and a letter thanking them for their heroism.

Four of the 10 firefighters were present for the dinner, Capt. Damon Rosser, and firefighters Joe Loftin, Richard Scott and Jim Murphy. The other six who could not make it were Sgt. Cornell Rollins, Sgt. Shane Murphy, and firefighters Daniell Albertion, Todd Mahoney, Budd Hamby and Tim Ciminnisi.

“I just want to thank the employees and the support of their families,” Whitley said before the dinner began. “I know it is a hard job, and we should give all our wives and children a hand.”

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