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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Oconee County BOC Recognizes Fire Rescue Medical Responders

Fire Rescue Medical Responders Recognized at BOC Meeting

Oconee County Fire Rescue medical responders were recognized at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, November 11, for their exemplary response in saving the life of a resident who experienced a major cardiac event. Chad and Jennifer Arnest (front row, center) attended the meeting to express their thanks to the entire emergency response team for their rapid, life-sustaining assistance following Mr. Arnest’s heart attack.

“I’m very proud of our volunteer medical responders for their quick response and superb job of providing life-saving medical care to Mr. Arnest,” said Fire Chief Bruce Thaxton. “It was truly a blessing to all come together to hear the testimony of Mr. and Mrs. Arnest and recognize our volunteers. We are pleased that Mr. Arnest was able to recover quickly and be with his family.”

The fourteen Oconee volunteer medical responders recognized were: Chase Appling, Jared Cargile, Daniel Culbertson, John Daniell, Derek Edwards, Dane Grayson, Ricky Hayes, Cameron Hughes, Shawn Johnston, Chris Mobley (Incident Command), Branden Newton, Mark Smith, Josh Willard (National EMS and Oconee Fire), and C.J. Worden.

Oconee County Fire Rescue medical responders are volunteers who train to a rigorous standard and dedicate their time and efforts to keep their community safe. For more information about Oconee County Fire Rescue, visit

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