The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center, is presenting the annual “Person of Courage” award, to honor First Responders in the area. Two of the nominees this year are from Madison County: Kevin Ledford, a 16-year rescue/First Responder with Madison County Fire and Rescue and sergeant Mark Pulliam, a 12-year member of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.
“Ledford deserves to be recognized as a Person of Courage because despite issues with his kidneys, he has continually given back to his community through his service within the Poca VFD,” according to a press release. “Even when Kevin’s kidney began to shut down and he needed dialysis, he continued his service and would commonly leave dialysis to run calls to help his fellow citizens. Luckily, Kevin received a transplant and as soon as he could continue to work as a responder to emergency calls, he did. Kevin always strives to do what he can to save lives and property as a member of the fire department and rescue team. Kevin has a positive attitude and shows great respect for his community and the people he works with. Kevin has worked his way up to be a captain of the fire department and he is a person that you always want on the scene.”
“Pulliam demonstrates the qualities of courageous spirit and conduct in his daily life,” according to a press release. “Not only is he a devoted husband and father of three, he serves our community with honor and commitment every day. He works hard as a local policeman each day and serves as security for local businesses in his off time. He has served as a patrol cop, an investigator in domestic violence and now as a sergeant of the ACC police department. Mark was asked to participate in Athens Luncheon Optimists Club’s Respect for Law program booth at the Athens Kids Expo in Feb. 2012. He was eager to help and showed up on his day off in uniform to help. He stayed the entire day talking to children, helping do their fingerprints, and posing for pictures with the children and their families.”
Other nominees include: ACC firefighters Corporal Aaron Claas, Sergeant Eric Frey, an ACC firefighter and Matthew Hoard; detective Chris Parker with the ACC sex crimes unit, Jordan Farrington, a captain/EMT with Oconee County fire and rescue and Courtney Gale, a civilian employee trainer with the ACC police department.
Vote at www.northgeorgiacottage.org by July 28. Vote are $1 each and you may vote as many times you like.
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