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Douglas County heroes on front lines, behind scenes among chamber honorees
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
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Douglasville Deputy Police Chief Gary Sparks stressed the importance of community working together which “helps keep the community safe” as he spoke during the Douglas County Chamber’s Heroes Recognition luncheon last week.

Members of the Douglasville Police Department recognized Oct. 16 were Sandy Shiner, who has worked in the records department for 20 years; Robert Long, a five-year veteran of the police department, who works with accident investigations; and Amy Belcher, who works in the IT department.

An interesting note was that Sparks gave Belcher her very first traffic ticket.

Sheriff Phil Miller recognized Ann Rice, victim services coordinator, who has worked in many areas in the sheriff’s department, including record clerk, radio operator and Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer. She joined the department as a records clerk in 1995.

Her job, said the sheriff, is to accommodate victims however possible and to make their lives easier.

Douglas County Fire Chief Scott Spencer said most people in public safety shy away from accolades, saying they are just doing their jobs. For them, he said it is “more of a calling than a job.”

He recognized Sherry Yearta with the fire prevention unit, who ensures that fire codes are met and are responsible for inspections and educating youngsters about fire safety.

Sharon Davis, who works in logistics, is responsible for making sure the fire department has all of the supplies they need on a daily basis, said Spencer.

“With six ambulances and 13 ladder trucks, you can imagine it is a big job,” said the fire chief.

Cory Shelton and Michael Richardson with Emergency Medical Services are responsible for going out and “running the calls,” Spencer said. Last year, EMS ran 14,000 calls, he added.

Spencer also recognized Steve Pope, chief fire investigator, who must go on every call and determine the cause of the fire.

Spencer called administrative officer Judy Vaughn, “the most important person with the fire department, because she takes care of payroll.”

Deputy Fire Chief Kim Ransom also was honored by Spencer for “taking us from the stone age to the computer age.” As deputy fire chief, she is second in command, taking charge when Spencer is unavailable.

Spencer also recognized Douglas County Emergency Management Director Jason Milhollin, who he said “pulls everything together.”

E-911 Director Greg Whitaker, said, “Douglas County and Douglasville are blessed to have good first responders to keep the community safe.”

He said he brought a group of people who represent the “nameless, faceless people” who work behind the scenes and that “with the nature of the job, they are all heroes.”

Whitaker said, “All of my dispatchers are heroes. It is a privilege to have them to work with.”

Those representing E-911 were Teena Donnell, Debra Gross, Charlotte Rook, Daisy Millsap, Ricky Grainger, Recky Turner and Jennifer Carter.
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