Gor­don EMS hon­ors pub­lic ser­vants at an­nual awards ban­quet

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Each year dur­ing Na­tional Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices (EMS) Week, Gor­don EMS hosts a cook-out cel­e­bra­tion to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all lo­cal pub­lic safety per­son­nel and to present spe­cial awards, in­clud­ing the Kathy Cox Guardian An­gel Award.

This year, the 8th An­nual Pub­lic Safety Cel­e­bra­tion was held at Her­itage Bap­tist Church on Mon­day, May 16.

“We are ex­cited to con­tinue to cel­e­brate all of our pub­lic safety col­leagues. This ban­quet pre­ceded by a cook­out is some­thing we look for­ward to each year,” said Court­ney Tay­lor, di­rec­tor of Gor­don EMS, a ser­vice of Gor­don Hos­pi­tal.

The Kathy Cox Guardian An­gel Award was cre­ated eight years ago to not only honor the mem­ory and ser­vice of Gor­don County Ordinance Of­fi­cer Kathy Cox, who died in an au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dent on Aug. 21, 2008 while on duty, but to also rec­og­nize other pub­lic safety of­fi­cials who share many of her ex­tra­or­di­nary val­ues.

Nom­i­na­tions for the award were made by pub­lic safety depart­ment heads of all dis­ci­plines in Cal­houn and Gor­don County. The nom­i­na­tions were then sent to a panel of un­bi­ased judges.

“Ev­ery year, it is a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to de­ter­mine the win­ner. Each of the nom­i­nees are ex­em­plary rep­re­sen­ta­tives of their agen­cies, each de­serv­ing recog­ni­tion of their ded­i­ca­tion to our com­mu­nity,” Tay­lor ex­plained.

“We are ex­tremely pleased to present this year’s Kathy Cox Guardian An­gel Award to Sergeant Cory Hayes of Gor­don County E-911,” Tay­lor said. Kathy’s hus­band, Kenny Cox, joined Tay­lor in pre­sent­ing Hayes the award.

Nom­i­nees for this year’s Kathy Cox Guardian An­gel Awards also in­cluded: trooper Wes­ley Kerce of the Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol; of­fi­cer Fer­nando Olmedo of the Cal­houn Po­lice Depart­ment; fire­fighter Cody Min­ter of the Cal­houn Fire Depart­ment; and Jack­son Jenk­ins of the Gor­don County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Ear­lier in the award cer­e­mony, Tay­lor pre­sented the Ex­tra­or­di­nary Ser­vice Award to Grady Jol­ley of Gor­don County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and his wife Sharon Jol­ley of the Cal­houn Po­lice Depart­ment.

This recog­ni­tion hon­ors an in­di­vid­ual, agency, or com­pany that gives ex­tra­or­di­nary ser­vice and sup­port to pub­lic safety in Cal­houn and Gor­don County.

A third award, Tay­lor pre­sented the Gor­don EMS Above and Be­yond Award to shifts A, B, and C of the Cal­houn Fire Depart­ment.

The nom­i­na­tions were first sub­mit­ted by em­ploy­ees of Gor­don EMS in ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their on-scene, above and be­yond as­sis­tance to them. The nom­i­na­tions were sealed and sent to an un­bi­ased panel of judges for eval­u­a­tion.

Tay­lor con­cluded the award cel­e­bra­tion by thank­ing all pub­lic ser­vants for their ser­vice to Cal­houn, Gor­don County, and Gor­don Hos­pi­tal.

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The Ex­tra­or­di­nary Ser­vice Award was pre­sented to Grady Jol­ley of Gor­don County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and his wife Sharon Jol­ley of the Cal­houn Po­lice Depart­ment. Shown left to right are: Grady Jol­ley, Sharon Jol­ley, and Gor­don EMS Di­rec­tor Court­ney Tay­lor.

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The Gor­don EMS Above and Be­yond Award was pre­sented to shifts A, B, and C of the Cal­houn Fire Depart­ment. Fire Chief Lenny Nes­bitt is pic­tured left with Gor­don EMS Di­rec­tor Court­ney Tay­lor, right.

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Sergeant Cory Hayes of Gor­don County E-911 is this year’s Kathy Cox Guardian An­gel Award re­cip­i­ent. Pic­tured from left are Kenny Cox, Hayes, and Gor­don EMS Di­rec­tor Court­ney Tay­lor.

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Gor­don EMS hosted their an­nual Pub­lic Safety Awards cel­e­bra­tion on May 16 at Her­itage Bap­tist Church.

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