Class participants included (Back, L-R): Alan Shuman, Jennifer Hadden, Faye Spaulding, William Tiller, Mike Wadleigh, Bryant Harris, Mike Vernatt; (Middle, L-R): Scott Dakin, Penny Clack, Jason Simpson, Ginette Williams, Edie Engle, Nicole Tobias, Shane Smith; Front, (L-R): Camron Hampshire, Becky Lee, Stephanie Byrd, Katherine Rodriquez, Shannon Derrick; Not pictured: Sarah Beth Wheeler
Barrow County Emergency Services recently hosted a critical incident stress management class that taught students how to assist others in a one-on-one, peer-to-peer support system. The class is part of four core classes required for those wanting to be part of a multi-county team.
“The class taught students what signs and symptoms to watch for that may indicate someone is having trouble dealing with a critical incident,” said Lt. Scott Dakin, who taught the class. “It also teaches students a system in which they can talk with a person who is in distress and work them through the incident and move them into the healing process.”
The class was not only attended by staff of Barrow County Emergency Services, but firefighters from Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services and law enforcement officers with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office and Gwinnett County. Mental health professionals with Barrow County Schools as well as several in the private industry attended the class as well.
The two-day class was held at Barrow County Schools. Both lectures and breakout sessions, where students used what they had learned, kept the class interactive.
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Andy Garrison of The Garrison Company will be hosting another Gals & Guns training session on Feb. 18 and Feb. 20.
A four-hour class session will be held Feb. 18 at the Jefferson Clubhouse starting at 6 p.m. with actual shooting practice on Saturday at Trigger Time indoor firing range in Braselton on Feb. 20.
Class size is limited and seats are going fast. The tuition is $50 plus range time and ammunition.
Sign up by calling 706-369-1830 or email Andy@andygarrison.com.
Hoschton-based Woodall Creative Group will mark its 25th anniversary during a Feb. 11 open house.
What began as a small home-based venture for Marty and Tracy Woodall in August 1980 has been transformed into an award-winning design house with a growing team of marketing professionals.
The drop-in open house, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the firm’s 52-B Jopena Boulevard location in Hoschton, will include a Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony, a barbecue lunch catered by Stonewall’s BBQ, drawings with three winners receiving $500 in marketing services from the agency graphic design, website development and content development team.
Founder and president of Woodall Creative Group, Tracy Woodall, who recently joined the Rotary Club of Braselton, said the firm’s success can be credited to each team member being vested in the success of its clients, which include its very first client, now First Redeemer Church, one of the fast-growing churches in Forsyth County.
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Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman congratulates Sgt. Nathan McDonald who was selected as Officer of the Year for 2015. See more scenes of other recognitions in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.
Jefferson Police Sgt. Nathan McDonald was honored Monday as the department’s Officer of the Year for 2015.
Chief Joe Wirthman presented the engraved plaque to the officer who was selected by a panel of four local citizens who reviewed records and information on nominees from the department.
Wirthman said McDonald responded to an October house fire and went into the home to retrieve a family dog after the family had gotten out safely and two other dogs were rescued by a neighbor.
McDonald also assisted in the search for Riley, a dog who ran away from a rollover accident on Interstate 85 involving a Texas family in December. While the family did not sustain serious injury, they were hurt to have to return to Texas after a two-day futile search for the dog. McDonald and others did not give up the search and his Facebook post was shared across the community. On Christmas Eve, Riley was enticed into the basement of Humane Society of Jackson County vice president Becky Davis, who took Riley to Galilee Animal Hospital to evaluation and kept the dog at her home until McDonald took over care of the dog until the owner could return for him.
The plaque reads, “in appreciation of professional service by going above and beyond in rescuing family dogs on two separate occasions” noting that in one of those incidents, “he put his own physical safety in jeopardy.
“Your dedication is making a difference in our community,” Wirthman read.
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Recent law enforcement reports include the Braselton Police Department’s arrest of two men for trafficking heroin.
Continue reading Police reports: Week of Feb. 3