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June 13, 2004

Dawson--The city of Dawson welcomed back a hometown hero Sunday.

More than 100 family and friends gathered in front of the Huddle House in Dawson to surprise Colonel Johnny Heath.

Heath, a member of the national guard, spent 18-months in Iraq rebuilding the war torn country. Sunday his friends surprised him on his first day back home.

"This just shows how much this community cares for Johny, his family and what he has done for the country," says friend and event organizer Steve Highsmith.

"Words can not express how I feel about what people did for me," said a surprised Col. Johny Heath.

At the celebration, Heath was presented with a resolution from the Georgia Legislature commending him for his service to the country.

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