Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Sept. 21, 2005
Mitchell County - A Georgia Forestry Commission ranger is back on the job after recovering from life threatening burns.
26 year old David Baldwin was burned in January while fighting a grass fire. He spent months in a burn unit in Augusta.
Baldwin says his burns inspired him to return to work. "It just gave me that much more motivation to get back, and to get to 100%, where I could give a helping hand," said Baldwin.
In January , Baldwin was off duty and burning a field. While trying to save his dog who had wandered into the fire, Baldwin found himself surrounded by 12 foot flames.
"I burned my hands from covering my face as I ran through. As I got almost all the way out, I tripped and fell," said Baldwin."
His blue jeans caught fire and badly burned his legs.
"They burned up both my legs. This is the left leg, and it burned up higher on the left leg than on the right leg," he said.
Baldwin suffered second and third degree burns on 36 % of his body.
"The pain of getting burned was not as bad as the healing process. It was just excruciating," Baldwin said.
Baldwin has scars on his face, hands, and legs from nearly a dozen operations and skin grafts, but he never hesitated about returning to his job with the Georgia Forestry Commission.
"Fighting fire. Being in the woods everyday. It's just peaceful, and I enjoy my job," he said.
Baldwin returned to full duty September 1st and within days faced his first fire.
"It was just a goal that I had. When you get hurt, you work real hard to just overcome anything," said Baldwin
David Baldwin will speak at schools and clubs in October, during Fire Prevention Awareness Month.