Rescue personnel receive Lifesaving Award

At the Nov. 6 City Council meeting, the city bestowed the first Lifesaving Award to seven members of the Fire and Rescue Department.

Those honored included Crew Chiefs Tim Rohner and Cam Huynh as well as Firefighters David Wilbanks, Carl Childree, Kevin Harmes, Abishia Warfield and Ryan Whittiker. The personnel were recognized for their response to a medical emergency that resulted in the saving of a local construction worker’s life. On July 19, the department was dispatched to a construction site at 220 Sandy Springs Place. Just as a storm that afternoon had begun, a construction crew member working on the roof of a townhome was struck by lightening. Bystanders did not attempt CPR, but were able to remove the victim from the roof with a forklift. The rescue personnel performed lifesaving measures to bring the victim back from full cardiac arrest.

Each honoree received their own award and a department award will also hang at Fire Station 2. Similar awards will also be given in the future to recognize individuals whose emergency response efforts are proven to have saved a life.

City to receive author’s proceeds

Children’s author Steve Tiller, through MichaelsMind Books, has begun People Pass It On, a program that will provide books to children and funds to the city’s Friends of Sandy Springs Foundation.

The foundation’s mission is to raise the quality of life in the community by providing additional resources for the city’s Police and Fire and Rescue Departments, as well as the Recreation and Parks Department. Pass It On works to provide funds to assist local community needs as well as to provide free books to children. There are three different packages that can be purchased. MichaelsMind will donate 50 percent of the purchase price to the Friends of Sandy Springs. Once a purchase is made, a customer may either choose to donate the books to Toys for Tots or to send the books as a gift. Tiller has authored more than 10 books geared toward elementary school-age children. For more information, call the city at 770-730-5600 or visit

Grant will fund emergency response program

The City of Sandy Springs has received an $8,000 grant from the Office of the Governor to begin its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

The funds came via the Homeland Security Grant Program for its Citizen Corps Initiatives. The CERT program will educate people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may have an impact on their area. The program will also provide basic disaster response training for skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

Each person trained will receive an emergency response kit, CERT materials and outreach materials. The grant will pay for the materials for participants, as well as for education for the community. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders have not arrived on the scene.

For more information on the CERT program or to be trained, call 770-730-5600 or visit