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Waycross, Ware County firefighters honored

September 12, 2007

Waycross - Firefighters from all over the country came to battle the massive wildfires that scorched nearly half a million acres in South Georgia between April and June.  "Think about it.  3,300 people, 44 different states were represented," says Congressman Jack Kingston.

But no matter who showed up to battle the blaze, firefighters from Waycross and Ware County were always on the front lines.  "Ware County was there constantly and not just the first responders but the entire community to help support the first responders," Kingston adds.

Now, three months after the fires were finally put out, Ware County and Waycross firefighters, EMS, and EMA officials are receiving the thanks they deserve from Congressman Kingston and the federal government.  "We wanted to commemorate them, give them a token of thanks, a flag that was flown over the Capitol, and a plaque."

This is the first award they received from the federal government, but firefighters say they are still receiving thanks from the community everyday.  "We were at the station this morning, and a restaurant owner dropped by to give us some biscuits, hot biscuits he just made to say thank you, and we continue to get that kind of support from the community," says Waycross Fire Chief Cedric Scott.  "It's been overwhelming to say the least to experience the community outpouring."

Showing the community always recognized these fire fighters as heroes and now the country does too.

Congressman Kingston will honor other firefighters throughout south Georgia including first responders in Atkinson, Berrien, and Lanier counties.


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