NWGA Scanner | March 24th, 2022

Dalton police officer presented with Award of Valor for heroic actions during fiery crash while off-duty

Officer Joshua Bethune was presented the DPD’s Award of Valor Tuesday in honor of his life-saving and heroic actions during an incident in January. The award is presented to a department member who “conscious of danger and great risk of personal hazard to life, distinguishes themselves by intelligently performing an act of heroism or valor above and beyond the call of duty.” The incident happened January 26th while Bethune was off duty. While driving, he came upon the scene of a traffic crash between a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer. The passengers in the car were entrapped and the vehicle was on fire. Bethune rushed into action, working to free the driver from the burning vehicle. Once the driver was free, Bethune again attempted to enter the burning vehicle to help the passengers as emergency crews arrived. Thanks in part to his actions, there was no loss of life.