LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - Nearly a dozen prospective Lee County volunteer firefighters will dedicate their upcoming state certification to a fellow trainee who suffered a near fatal injury.
Officials said 22-year-old Cody Dooling represented the spirit of the Lee County volunteer firefighters when he was injured at his job.
Now his fellow volunteers want to honor him, as they reach for their goal.
It was the quick response from emergency crews that helped save Cody Dooling's life on July 7th, when he was shocked while moving a welder at his job in Leesburg.
On August 8th, officials will dedicate a burn training session to him. It will be called Cody Dooling's burn.
Firefighters called Dooling's recovery remarkable.
County officials said his fellow volunteer firefighter trainees community spirit will make the department better.
"I think these are special kinds of people," said Lee County Manager Ron Rabun. "It's not the everyday run-of-the-mill, off the street person."
"I started out with Lee County as a volunteer." Lee County Fire Chief James Howell said.
Lee County is improving their fire department by cross training paramedics as firefighters....and bringing back volunteers.
The first class could be state certified by September, and start backing up the full time firefighters.
"Even though the state doesn't require to train volunteer firefighters to the same level as career, we choose to train them to the higher level. Simply because the fire doesn't know the difference," Howell said.
Those volunteers want to honor Cody Dooling as they work to protect their community.