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South Worth Co. residents join fight for fire protection

Gary Thrash Gary Thrash
Billy McDonald Billy McDonald
WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - As Worth County leaders try to find a way to pay for full-time firefighters to protect the northern part of the county, some other residents say they're being left out.     

Folks in the south part of the county say they deserve the same protection. 

Worth County is one of the larger counties in Georgia.  

Their fire stations have large coverage areas, with some places having a 22 minute response time.

County commissioners met Monday night to discuss bringing better fire service to the Lake Blackshear area, but frustrations boiled over.

Worth County resident Gary Thrash said, "Immediately there was total chaos. Everybody was just talking at the same time.  There was no order."

The southern part of the county thinks it's about time for their voices to be heard. 

District 4 Commissioner Billy McDonald said, "It's time for people south of 82 to come forward and speak and say 'Listen up, we live in Worth County,too.'"

McDonald and Thrash added that it's not about having a permanent service in place.  

They are more concerned with the county having equal protection.

Thrash said, "I understand the finance situation the county is in and I don't know if we can have full time fire protection for the whole county, but we could have equal fire protection."

McDonald doesn't want his district to go unheard just because the folks in the Lake Blackshear area have been more organized and outspoken.

McDonald said, "I represent them as their commissioner, but there comes a time when I can't do it all. I need help now."

County Commissioners plan to meet again Tuesday September 2 at 7 p.m. at the Worth County Courthouse.

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