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Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
December 21, 2006
Bainbridge-- 21 year old Douglas Harrell's spring vacation from Bainbridge College last year began as just a fun trip for he and his friends. But before he knew it, he became a hero.
They were relaxing on a beach when they noticed a man struggling in the water. Two off-duty lifeguards jumped in, but were unable to help the man. Harrell then jumped in the water and pulled the man to safety.
The Kiwanis Club honored that heroic act today. As Harrell accepted the international award today for saving the man's life, he said he was humbled. "I never thought in my wildest dreams it would ever turn into something like this, such a big deal. I was just doing what I thought anyone would do for somebody," says Harrell.
But not everyone would have that kind of courage, and that's what the Bainbridge Kiwanis club is here today to recognize. "It's always good to recognize people who care for others enough, to even risk one's own life to save someone else's life," says Ray Chambers, secretary of the Bainbridge Kiwanis Club and the man who nominated Harrell.
Harrell's act of bravery follows in the footsteps of Robert P. Connelly, the man the award is named for. "He was a Kiwanian and he gave his own life to try to save another young girl," says Kiwanis Club past president Amanda Glover.
It's one of the Kiwanis club's most prestigious awards. Only 13 other people in the world received it this year. And Harrell is the first in Southwest Georgia ever to get it.
Harrell credits his eagle and boy scout training in rescuing the man who's name he never even found out. He did learn one thing about him. "One of his buddy's comes, in tears and gives me a hug and says, you just saved a soldiers life," says Harrell. He learned the man returned to Iraq just days after the near drowning.
Harrell insists others can be heroes too. His advice? "Just jump in and you'll be fine."
As part of the award, Harrell was given a 5 hundred dollar savings bond.