Four conservation rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division recently were recognized at the 2013 Governor’s Public Safety Awards ceremony.
RFC David Brady and Sgt. Chris Hodge: These two rangers were instrumental in the saving of a boating incident victim on Manhead Sound near St. Simons Island in June 2013.
Their hands-on help with pulling a person from underneath a stranded vessel before high tide came in and as shock set in on the victim was truly critical to his survival.
Sgt. Mark Carson: An urgent call regarding a potential suicide jumper on the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick created a partnership between Sgt. Carson and a Brunswick police officer.
Both men engaged the distressed person in conversation, and when timing was just right, were able to grab potential victim from the bridge barrier and pull him to safety.
Cpl. Michael Crawley: Responding to a situation with four lost hunters on the Ogeechee River, Cpl. Crawley was able to locate the hunters.
They were in waist deep water approximately a mile from the river bank.
One of the hunters panicked when he was instructed to swim and Crawley had to dive in to rescue him.
Upon finally getting all four victims to land, the ranger helped to build a fire to warm them until extraction from the area could be done in the morning.