Dept. of Community Supervision assists those in need

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Students from the Department of Community Supervision’s Basic Probation/Parole Officer training class recently did their part to assist individuals in need in the middle Georgia area. The students donated food, personal care items, and toys to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. The Middle Georgia Community Food Bank’s mission is to supply food and other commodities to needy people in middle Georgia. Academy Director Jim Sikes presented the donations on behalf of the class. Lisa Franklin accepted the donations on behalf of the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.

Farewell July, August, and September Retirees

Team Georgia Retiree_AugSept_Jan MossThis month’s featured retiree is Jan Moss, a program accountant paraprofessional with the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. Jan began her career in 1981 as a typist with the Department of Labor and joined the Parole Board in 1986 where she served in various roles, to include administrative assistant, legal affairs coordinator, lead parole investigator, and finally pardon coordinator.  After 33 years of service to the state, Jan is enjoying time with her two grandchildren and her newly found ministry, Feed My Sheep.

After long careers of faithful service to the State of Georgia, please join us in extending congratulations and farewell to Jan and all of Team Georgia’s July 2015August 2015, and September 2015 Retirees!

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GFC Firefighters are Life-savers, too!

Georgia Forestry Commission wildland firefighters are trained to act fast and that’s just what they did last month, while serving on a wildfire in California. When an elderly gentleman staying at the group’s Arcata hotel suffered a medical emergency, Hunter Hinson, Seth Holland, Jason Wilson and Jim Reynolds jumped into action.

“I was walking down the hall when I heard a woman screaming, ‘Help! Someone please help!’” said Hinson. Eighty-one year old Billie Reynolds was shouting out because her husband, 81 year old Lance Reynolds, was choking and couldn’t breathe. After calling 9-1-1, Hunter pounded on the door of his colleague, Seth Holland, who is a trained first responder.

“When I got there, the man was ‘gupping,’” said Holland, “taking his last breaths and turning blue.”

Holland said by that time, his colleague Jim Reynolds had pushed through a growing crowd to enter the room, with the man’s wife hysterical outside the motel room door.

“He’d quit breathing, so we moved him off the bed to the floor,” said Reynolds. “Jason tilted back the man’s head, which released his tongue. I held his feet and Seth started chest compressions.”

“I thought he was gone,” said Holland, “but all of a sudden he took a big gulp of air and came to a little bit. We laid him on his side, to open and ease the airway.”

Motel Sales Manager Suzanne Shirey was on the scene and remembers, “I walked into chaos! And I can’t even describe the relief I had when these guys just whooshed in and took over. I was so grateful.”

The stricken Reynolds was sitting up when the local emergency medical service team and police arrived to take him to the hospital.

Today, the Reynolds are back at home in Anderson, CA. While a firm diagnosis about the attack has yet to be determined, the Reynolds know for certain that they were fortunate that day.

“I was falling apart,” said Billie Reynolds, “I have never seen my husband have an attack like that, and then, there was an answer right there for us. We were so blessed.”

“I’m doing alright,” said Lance Reynolds, “and it was a miracle that we stayed at a motel with four men who knew what they were doing. I never got to talk to them, but they saved my life. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.”