Fulton County Sheriff’s Department issues a public “thank you” to emergency personnel

Thursday, December 26, 2019
Spring River Home Health was named the winner of the business Christmas lighting contest held by the Salem Chamber of Commerce. Spring River Home Health received bragging rights and a traveling trophy.

As the year is coming to a close, many use this time to reflect on experiences in the past and goals for the future. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department is appreciative of the support from the community and emergency personnel, year round.

“We work together with everyone and when it comes down to it, we are family, not just in law enforcement but everybody. The community is part of the family, first responders, firemen, paramedics and hospital staff,” said Chief Deputy John Cawvey. “I’m not medically capable of going out here and taking care of trauma patients, but I can get them where they need to be. They are going to do their job.”

Cawvey said it takes teamwork to complete a lot of the tasks law enforcement receives. He used a specific example from a situation which occurred back in the summer where a young child went missing for a few hours.

The child’s clothing was found near a pond on private property, leading deputies’ search efforts centered in that area. “There were civilians willing to jump in the pond with us that day. Asking, ‘where do you need us?’ They were bringing us life jackets,” explained Cawvey. Medical helicopters, paramedics, dispatch, first responders and civilians were all instrumental in a happy ending that day. The boy was later found nearby and had gotten lost while playing outside. Though communication can sometimes be an issue, that wasn’t the case in Fulton County that day. “The way it was relayed…everyone worked so exquisite together that day.”

When it comes down to it, first responders, firefighters, ambulance crews, flight crews, law enforcement, all emergency personnel, are willing to help each other in order to protect and serve the people of Fulton County. “That is what it is all about. I want to thank all of them on a big note. I give them props. They are our angels, the way we look at it.”

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