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Vinson supporters want a memorial

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Dougherty County Commissioners discussed the request to put a park bench in memory of D. J. Vinson. Dougherty County Commissioners discussed the request to put a park bench in memory of D. J. Vinson.

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Friends and family of a man who died trying to save two little boys want to erect a memorial in Albany's Riverfront Park.

Dougherty County Commissioners discussed the request to put a park bench in memory of D. J. Vinson.    

In August 2008, the 23-year old good Samaritan died while trying to save two brothers who were caught in the swift moving Flint River.

11-year-old Joshua Perry also drowned, but his younger brother survived.    

The county doesn't have a policy that allows private memorials on public property, but County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard says this is a case where the commission should allow it.

 "The memorial of some young man that no one in that river had ever met, risked his life to save him and perished and we need more young people like that.  I'd like people to say, 'where did this come from?', let me tell you the story,"  said Sinyard.

The county commission must approve the design and location.  They'll also work on a policy to set up objective standards for memorials and markers on county property.

 

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