Firefighter honored for heroism in rescue
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Coweta County firefighter Frank Jones was honored by the Coweta County Commissioners Tuesday for his actions rescuing a woman from a house fire.
The commissioners executed a proclamation naming May 7, 2013, “Charles Franklin Jones III Day” in Coweta County.
On Feb. 27, Jones was on his way to work at Coweta Fire Station 10 in Senoia. He was traveling Hwy. 54 when he saw a house fire. A neighbor met Jones in the driveway and told him that someone might be inside.
Jones kicked in the front door and entered the house without any protective equipment. He crawled approximately 15 feet and found the occupant of the house, Deborah Pate, unconscious on the floor. Jones removed Pate from the home and began CPR until EMS crews arrived.
Pate regained a heart beat and began breathing again but died later that day at Piedmont Newnan Hospital of smoke inhalation.
Commissioner Tim Lassetter read the proclamation.
“The Coweta County Board of Commissioners declares May 7, 2013, as ‘Charles Franklin Jones III Day’ in Coweta County, in honor of his heroic and unselfish efforts to save someone from harm’s way,” Lassetter read.
Jones joined the county fire department as a volunteer, and began his paid career in 1991.
Members of Jones’ family, including his father, former volunteer firefighter and former Coweta County Commissioner Charlie Jones, were on hand, as were several representatives of the fire department.
In other meeting business:
• The board approved a consumption distilled spirits, beer and wine license filed by Juanita Bone for Oasis Bar and Grill at 59 Old Corinth Road.
• The board recognized Commissioner Paul Poole for completing the training to become an Advanced Certified County Commissioner.
The certification requires 48 hours of additional classes, a two-day leadership session and a project summary report, said Assistant County Administrator Michael Fouts. Poole is one of 147 commissioners in the state with the certification. “We are very proud to have him and we appreciate his efforts,” Fouts said.
“I want to thank the citizens for the opportunity to go to those classes,” Poole said. “These classes really help us a lot.”
• The board set public hearings for June 18 on the requests of Fischer Partners LLC for the Fischer Crossings property. The new owners of the property are requesting a rezoning and the amendment of conditions for the development, located at the intersection of Fischer Road and Ga. Hwys. 34/54.
• The board OK’d the final change order and closeout documents for the Coweta Fire Department Maintenance Facility.
• The board executed a tenant estoppel certificate and subordination agreement for 8 B and C Madison St. The agreement confirms the county has a month-to-month lease on the property, which houses the public building department and public defender’s office.
• The board awarded a bid to TWR Lawn Services for $285 for the cleanup of 426 Moore Road. The county will recoup the cost of the cleanup with a lien placed on the property.