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Gordon EMS Honors Public Servants at Annual Awards Celebration
Each year during National Emergency Services Week, officials of Gordon EMS host a cook-out celebration to show their appreciation to all local public safety personnel and to present special awards, including the Kathy Cox Guardian Angel Award.

This year, the 7th Annual Public Safety Celebration was held at Heritage Baptist Church on Monday, May 18.

"We are excited to be able to honor our fellow public servants for the seventh year in a row," says Courtney Taylor, director of Gordon EMS, a service of Gordon Hospital.

The Kathy Cox Guardian Angel Award was created seven years ago to not only honor the memory and service of Gordon County Ordinance Officer Kathy Cox, who died in an automobile accident on Aug. 21, 2008 while on duty, but to also recognize other public safety officials who share many of her extraordinary values.

Nominations for the award were made by public safety department heads of all disciplines in Calhoun and Gordon County. The nominations were then sent to a panel of unbiased judges.

"Once again, it was a difficult decision to determine the winner. Each of the nominees are exemplary representatives of their agencies," Taylor explained.

"We were extremely pleased to present this year’s Kathy Cox Guardian Angel Award to firefighter Billy Green of the Calhoun Fire Department," Taylor said.


Firefighter Billy Green of the Calhoun Fire Department is this year’s Kathy Cox Guardian Angel Award recipient. Pictured from left are Gordon EMS Deputy Director Donald Bowen, firefighter Billy Green, and Gordon EMS Director Courtney Taylor.


Kenny Cox, left, presents Billy Green, right, of the Calhoun Fire Department with this year’s Kathy Cox Guardian Angel Award. 

Nominees for this year’s Kathy Cox Guardian Angel Awards included: Neshanta Printup, telecommunications officer with Gordon County E-911; trooper Jason Davis of the Georgia State Patrol; detective Adam Kilgore of the Calhoun Police Department; firefighter Billy Green of the Calhoun Fire Department; firefighter Marshall Green of the Gordon County Fire Department; and deputy William Daniel of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.

"In our field of healthcare and public safety, we oftentimes rely on the assistance of other public safety agencies in Calhoun and Gordon County," says Taylor. "This year, we actually included a new award that honors someone who isn’t a public safety member, but gives extraordinary support to public safety in our community. This is our small way of saying thank you."

Earlier in the award ceremony, Taylor and Donald Bowen, Gordon EMS deputy director, presented the Extraordinary Service Award to Eddie Fair and Aubrey King of Fair’s Auto Service. This recognition is a new award based on recommendations from Gordon EMS staff to honor an individual, agency, or company that gives extraordinary service and support to public safety in Calhoun and Gordon County.


The Extraordinary Service Award was presented to Fair’s Auto Service. Shown left to right are: Gordon EMS Deputy Director Donald Bowen, Eddie Fair, Aubrey King, and Gordon EMS Director Courtney Taylor.

A third award, Taylor and Bowen presented was the Gordon EMS Above and Beyond Award to Carl Martin of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.


The Gordon EMS Above and Beyond Award was presented to Carl Martin, of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office. Also pictured are Gordon EMS Deputy Director Donald Bowen, left, and Gordon EMS Director Courtney Taylor.

Nominees for this award included Chris Cox, Brett Silvers, Robert Oglesby, Scott Fox, Mark Dooley, Cody Minter, B.J. McMahan, Billy Green, Mike Caldwell, Chad Castoe, and Greg Holcomb, all of the Calhoun Fire Department; David Nelson of the Calhoun Police Department, Cory Hayes of Gordon County E-911; Carl Martin and Shane Parrott, both of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office; Lane Bennett of the Fairmount Police Department; and Ellis Payne, Bo Nicholson, Scottie Moore, Jared Robison, Dusty Johnson, Zach Crow, Jason Meadows, Scott Brooks, Jimmy Avery, and Donnie Sutton, all of the Gordon County Fire Department.

The nominations were first submitted by employees of Gordon EMS in appreciation for their on-scene, above and beyond assistance to them. The nominations were sealed and sent to an unbiased panel of judges for evaluation.

A fourth award, the Above and Beyond Distinguished Service Award, was presented during the evening to honor three public servants whose actions directly resulted in the saving of a life or performing an act showing no regard for the responder’s own life or personal safety.

The first two distinguished service awards were presented to police Sgt. Jerry Silvers and officer Jeremy Thompson, both of the Calhoun Police Department, for their actions in saving a stabbing victim.


An Above and Beyond Distinguished Service Award was presented to police Sgt. Jerry Silvers and officer Jeremy Thompson, both of the Calhoun Police Department, for their actions in saving a stabbing victim. Shown left to right are: Gordon EMS Deputy Director Donald Bowen, Sgt. Jerry Silvers, officer Jeremy Thompson, and Gordon EMS Director Courtney Taylor.

The final Above and Beyond Distinguished Service Award was presented to officer Jack Hemby of the Calhoun Police Department, who performed CPR on a man until EMS units arrived on scene, allowing the man to regain breathing on his own along with a pulse before reaching the emergency room.


An Above and Beyond Distinguished Service Award was presented to officer Jack Hemby, pictured center, of the Calhoun Police Department, who performed CPR on a man until EMS units arrived on scene, allowing the man to regain breathing on his own long enough to reach the emergency room. Also pictured are Gordon EMS Deputy Director Donald Bowen, left, and Gordon EMS Director Courtney Taylor.

Taylor concluded the award celebration by thanking all public servants for their service to Calhoun, Gordon County, and Gordon Hospital.



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