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By Len Kiese - bio | email

October 28, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany firefighter was brought to tears Tuesday night as he was honored as the Firefighter of the Year.

Albany Fire Chief James Carswell presented the award to John Thompson in front of his family and Albany city commissioners.

Back on December 12th, Thompson was off-duty and working his part-time job as a mechanic when he heard screams for help from a vehicle. There was a woman inside who wasn't breathing.

Thompson pulled her out and performed CPR for six minutes until EMS arrived, saving the woman's life. Overcome with emotion, Thompson told city leaders he's thankful for the recognition.

"It feels great. It's a once in a lifetime thing. I'm grateful to receive it this year," said Thompson.  

Thompson is a 13 1/2 year veteran with the Albany Fire Department.

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