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October 19, 2006
by David Fuller

Forsyth, GA --- Six of those heroes were involved in a shooting in downtown Lumpkin in the early morning hours of August 18th, 2005.

Lumpkin Police Chief John Stripling and Stewart County Deputy Clinton Rivers were each shot in the face by an armed man with two hostages.

Paramedic Vance Streeter was wounded when he rushed to help the wounded lawmen.

Off-duty Policeman Dan Simmons and Stewart County EMS Director Greg Stewart and Assistant Director Blake Buchan ran to help the wounded men, despite the danger to their own lives, while shots were still being fired.

The gunman, a paroled felon, was eventually shot and died at the scene.  

South Georgia's other hero is Crisp County Fire Rescue Capt. Michael Ergle. On October 15, 2005, Ergle was the first to arrive at a house fire. A woman had escaped the fire, but her husband remained inside. Ergle entered the burning house and rescued a man.

After he got him out, the woman said her dog was still inside, and Ergle re-entered the building, found the dog and saved it.

Governor Sonny Perdue commended these heroes, and the others around the state, for their bravery and their commitment to public safety.


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