NWGA Scanner | March 17th, 2021

Catoosa County firefighters awarded for saving mother and daughter from January apartment fire

Five Catoosa County firefighters received Awards of Valor at Tuesday night Board of Commissioners meeting. They rescued several people, including Cassandra Newby who was unconscious and her daughter Heaven, from their burning homes at the Park Lake apartments on January 23. According to the Catoosa County Fire Department, on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at approximately 3:55pm, Catoosa County 911 received multiple calls of an apartment building on fire, with residents entrapped. The Catoosa County Fire Department was dispatched immediately and arrived at Park Lake Apartments off Cloud Springs Road in Fort Oglethorpe and advised heavy smoke and flames coming from the 300 building with additional exposures. During the search and rescue, CCFD was able to successfully remove an unconscious woman and her infant child from the top floor of the burning building. Another resident, who jumped from a balcony, received only minor injuries. Multiple Puckett EMS ambulances as well as Life Force arrived on scene to assist with any medical emergencies. Thankfully, only three residents were transported, two treated on scene and released, and no fatalities were reported.

Receiving Awards of Valor are from the left: Sgt. Logan Swope, Capt. Jonathan Ingle, Firefighter Jessica Burnette, Sgt. Shelby Hamill and Capt. Rodney Johnson.