The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs Oct. 5 honored three public safety personnel.
“The state of public safety is very good in Sandy Springs,” said City Manager John McDonough, who made the presentation at the club. “We’re really out on the cutting edge.”
Fire Medic of the Year: Fire Rescue Technician Craig Miceli has been with the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue since its launch in Dec. 2006. Miceli is a certified paramedic with the city’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS), where he has taken on the role of field training officer. He delivers training programs to fire personnel and assists the development and implementation of cutting-edge technology and procedures to enhance EMS delivery. Miceli has aided the development of the department’s Records Management System, Mobile Data Terminal System and worked to transition the city’s new 911 center that went live Sept. 1.
Fire Officer of the Year: Crew Chief Donny Wilbanks has been with the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue since its start. He serves as CPR coordinator and educates at least 1,000 residents on the life-saving procedure each year. Wilbanks was recently accepted into the US Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy’s (NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program. Through the program, Wilbanks has the opportunity to influence fire and emergency services organizations, as well as local and international communities.
Police Officer of the Year: After receiving an English degree from Oswego State University in New York, James Patrick Graham started policing in Whitestown, New York in 1994. He moved to Georgia in 1997 and was hired on with the Fulton County Police Department, where he worked patrol for five years and then transferred into SWAT. Graham started as a training coordinator for the team and became crossed-trained as a sniper, general instructor, firearms instructor and Taser instructor. He was hired with Sandy Springs on July 1, 2006. Currently, Graham serves as a member of the Crime Suppression Team and as the SWAT training coordinator. His superiors say he has a strong focus on the department and SWAT training.