Victim, suspect in shooting at fire station 7 are identified

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – At a morning press conference today (July 30), Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson identified the victim of last night’s shooting as Amy Alexandria Gibson, 44, of Dawsonville. Gibson was shot by her estranged husband Jeremy Wade Gibson in front of Dawson County Fire Station No. 7 on Dawson Forest Road.

Johnson said the victim made a rather “frantic” call to 911 at approximately 7:36 p.m. before the line went blank.

Jeremy Gibson (left) has been identified as the person who shot his wife Amy Alexandria Gibson Monday.

Gibson was fleeing from her husband and apparently drove to the fire station seeking a safe haven. Her husband reportedly followed her in a second vehicle and before she could exit the vehicle, she was shot several times and died at the scene. Her two children, ages 8 and 5 were in her vehicle at the time, but were unharmed.

After the shooting, Jeremy Gibson surrendered to firefighters who held him until deputies arrived and took him into custody.

Johnson said there has been a “lengthy” history of domestic violence between the couple, but he declined to provide details.

Fire and Emergency Services Chief Danny Thompson said one firefighter and his family witnessed the shooting.

“One of the firefighters was confronted by a female that requested help. He just assumed like many people who arrive at a fire station to report a fire or medical emergency. He stepped back to notify his partner then stepped back out when the shooting occurred.”

Thompson declined to name the firefighter who witnessed the shooting out of respect for him and his family. “We want to make sure they get the necessary mental help to take care of them. Even though we’re professionals, it is still a tragic event. It even weighs heavy on the seasoned veterans.”

Thompson said the firefighter, his wife, their two children, ages 1 and 3 actually witnessed the shooting. He also pointed out that their lives were in immediate danger. “Front and center in a matter of seconds, it was their lives, his family’s lives they were looking after. They took the necessary actions and precautions to do exactly that.”

The victim’s children were turned over to the Department of Family and Children’s Services.

District Attorney Lee Darragh said his office will proceed with the appropriate warrants soon.

“Certainly there will be a murder charge, some firearms charges, cruelty to children because of the witnessing of this event by the children.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was involved in processing the crime scene.

 

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Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics get well-deserved pay raise

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved a 5 percent pay raise for the county’s firefighter/EMTs and a 10 percent pay hike for firefighter/paramedics during Tuesday’s voting session

Fire and Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson told commissioners at last month’s work session Emergency Services maintains an attrition rate of personnel at over 11 percent or seven percent above the national average of fire departments across the country.

The county has lost 12 EMS personnel to other fire departments or hospitals and, following 52 weeks of advertising, received less than six firefighter/paramedics applications. Two of those were hired, two declined an offer and two could not pass the background check.

Commissioners also gratefully accepted a $10,000 donation from Brooke Anderson on behalf of the Etowah Sewer and Water Company toward construction of the new Senior Center.

The Board also approved:

An alcohol license transfer for retail consumption on premises of beer and wine to Point Bluff, LLC;

A special event business license for Carol Stream Amusements, Inc.

A special event business license for North Georgia Premium Outlets Food Truck Events;

Conditionally, a special event business license for Papa Pat’s Corn Maze with the stipulation the business complete the rezoning process;

Contracting for a salary study for Dawson County employees;

A settlement agreement with ALA Riley Place, LLC regarding a stop-work order;

A transportation grant for the Senior Center.

 

 

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Firefighters battle blaze on Bannister Road

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County Fire & Emergency Services (DCFES) responded to a reported structure fire at 85 Bannister Rd. Crews at approximately 5:43 a.m. today where they battled blistering summertime heat and arrived to find a two story, 2000 sq/ft structure with heavy fire showing.

Personnel deployed multiple handlines and began an interior attack on the fire. Several vehicles and lawn equipment were involved in the fire.

Crews from Forsyth County responded and provided assistance due to the extreme temperature. The homeowner advised crews that all occupants had exited the building prior to fire department arrival. No injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported on this scene.

“We are very glad there were no injuries from the fire or due to the heat,” stated Chief Thompson.

This incident is being investigated by Dawson County Fire Marshal’s office. The cause is still under investigation but appears to have started in a lawn mower. The structure has been turned over to the homeowner.

Photos were taken by Dawson County Fire & EMS.

For more information, please contact Chief Danny Thompson 678-410-1738

 

 

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Dawson County EMS staffing reaches crisis stage

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson made a heartfelt and emotional plea for a pay raise on behalf of the men and women of his department during Thursday’s Board of Commissioners work session.

Thompson said the attrition rate in emergency services is nearing a “crisis situation” with 11 percent of the employees leaving to work at other fire departments or to go into the private sector. “That is two-and-a-half times the national average, he said.

“In exit interviews, we’ve learned that a lot of them love working in Dawson County. The big reason for the exodus is money. Right now, there are 11 fire departments within 30 miles of this county that pay between $10,000 and $16,000 more.”

Thompson presented three options to commissioners for a potential salary increase.

When asked by Commissioner Sharon Fausett which option worked best for his department, he answered Option A – a 10 percent across-the-board increase for all personnel.

Dozens of firefighters/EMTs sat in the audience as Thompson spoke

“These men and women sitting back here tonight love this county. They love its residents. They’re willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. But, I need your help,” he said.

“Bottom line is I need you to stand up for these men and women. Don’t turn your back on them because tonight, if you need them, they’re going to be there for you no matter what decision you make. I’m troubled as you can tell. I’m tired of looking at these men and women knowing they’re living paycheck to paycheck. It’s sad and it’s got to stop. It starts with you guys.”

While Thompson said the situation is nearing the crisis state, Chairman Billy Thurmond, who used to manage the same department said, “I can tell you, having run this department that 11 vacancies is a crisis today. That is not a crisis tomorrow.”

Agenda items discussed during work sessions are generally voted on at the next regular meeting.

 

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UPDATE: Friday fire on Carlisle Rd. beleived to be arson

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services (DCFES) responded to a storage building belonging to Alberta Carlisle at 865 Carlisle Road Friday  (April 26).

On arrival, Battalion 1, found a 20×20 outbuilding fully involved, with no exposures. Engine Companies 2 and 7 extinguished the fire using a single 1.75” attack line. The fire was rapidly extinguished and the area was overhauled.

Dawson County EMA Director/Fire Chief Danny Thompson said the fire is suspicious and a Monday press release from the State Fire Marshal’s Office indicated the fire is being investigated by his office, Dawson County EMS, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Dawson County Sheriff Office.

No injuries to civilians or fire service personnel were reported.

Safety Fire Commissioner Jim Beck is asking anyone with knowledge about this fire to call the Arson Hotline at 1‐800‐282‐5804. Rewards are offered of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist(s).

Calls are taken 24 hours a day and callers can choose to remain anonymous.

(Photos taken by Dawson County Fire & EMS)

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BOC will register opposition to two bills in General Assembly that would ban local government regulation of building standards

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Board of Commissioners will join a growing number of local governments all across Georgia in opposing two bills now being considered in the General Assembly that prohibits them from regulating design standards on one- and two-family homes in their communities.

The Board will vote on a resolution opposing Georgia House Bill 302 and Senate Bill 172 during Thursday’s voting session which starts at 6 p.m. in the Government Center Assembly Room.

The bills are being promoted by developers and homebuilders. But opponents like Larry Hanson of the Georgia Municipal Association say the bills strip local residents of the right to govern themselves.

Commissioners are also expected to vote on acceptance of several grants, including Violence Against Women Act Grant, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council K9 Grant, Council of Accountability Court Judges / Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Enhancement Grant for Dawson County Treatment Court and Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant

In other business, the Board will consider:

  • Awarding a contract for design-build services for Fleet/Public Works complex to Charles Black Construction in the amount of $3,289,777;
  • A request by Emergency Services Director/ Fire Chief Danny Thompson to purchase two fire trucks from Ten-8 Fire and Safety Equipment Co. in the amount of $1,301,038.
  • Approval of mobile device tablets for Emergency Services;
  • Approval of Board of Commissioners’ expenses;
  • Adoption of Capital Improvements Element of the Comprehensive Plan;
  • Annexation request os Dan S. and Vanita Anderson.

 

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Tim Cameron receives Mary Beth Bowns Trauma Award

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County firefighter/paramedic Tim Cameron was presented the Mary Beth Bowns Award on Feb. 21 during the annual Georgia Emergency Medical Services Day at the State Capitol.

The award is presented to an individual or organization in the state for outstanding delivery of care to a critically injured patient(s). Named in honor of Mary Beth Bowns, the recipient should have exhibited excellence in the delivery of care to the trauma patient and effected positive change in the trauma care system.

Dawson County Fire and EMS is proud of Cameron, who responded to several significant trauma related calls during 2018. All victims had favorable outcomes due to the excellent patient care received.

Dawson County EMA Director/Fire Chief Danny Thompson said, “We are truly blessed to a have a top-notch Paramedic, like Tim here in Dawson. Tim has been employed with Dawson County since 2011, and works full-time with Marietta Fire. “He is a team player in every aspect of his job, and is skill set ranks amongst some of the best I’ve ever seen.”

 

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No injuries reported as tractor trailer overturns on Hwy. 53

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – Dawson County Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson reported that a tractor trailer overturned at 11:05 a.m. today on SR 53 just east of GA 400. There were no injuries and the investigation is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. No further details are available at this time. Fetch Your News will have more information as it becomes available.

 

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