He­roes by Hap­pen­stance

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­news.com

Two Snap­ping Shoals EMC em­ploy­ees are be­ing hon­ored for their brav­ery Mon­day by re­ceiv­ing Life Sav­ing Awards from Ge­or­gia EMC. If not for Far­ron Head and Ken Elling­ton, two Newton County res­i­dents may have lost their lives this year.

Ken Elling­ton

While on the way to per­form an en­ergy au­dit in Septem­ber, Elling­ton no­ticed some­one stand­ing in the mid­dle of the road around 12:30 p.m. As he got closer, he re­al­ized that some­one was a lit­tle girl, around 3 years old.

Elling­ton said that he tried to hurry to­ward her in his ve­hi­cle, but at the same time was mind­ful of star­tling the child. When he pulled up along­side her and asked her where her mother was, the child re­port­edly told him that her mother had gone to town and she was look­ing for her and that she was lost. The child was too young to know her phone num­ber, so Elling­ton im­me­di­ately called 911.

“I couldn’t be­lieve she was just there in the mid­dle of the road,” said Elling­ton. “Worse yet, there is a lake on the other side of the road, so she could have fallen in there with­out any­one notic­ing.”

He said that he was able to get the child to point in the di­rec­tion of her home so he got her into his truck and started to­ward a neigh­bor­hood. When he drove closer to her home, at this time with a Newton County Sher­iff's deputy in tow, the child pointed it out to him.

When they knocked on the door the girl's fa­ther an­swered. Ac­cord­ing to Elling­ton he didn't know his child was missing and had put her and her brother down for a nap, then laid down him­self.

In a press re­lease from Snap­ping Shoals, the man­age­ment cred­its Elling­ton's “quick and com­posed re­ac­tion” with sav­ing the tod­dler's life.

“We train our em­ploy­ees in safety and first-aid tech­niques, so they can be equipped at any time, in any sit­u­a­tion that might call for emer­gency re­sponse. It’s an in­te­gral part of our over­all safety pro­gram, be­cause we want to pre­pare em­ploy­ees to take the proper ac­tion, even if the emer­gency is not work re­lated,” says Guy Wil­liams, Loss

Con­trol Di­rec­tor for Snap­ping Shoals EMC.

“ I'm thank­ful they se­lected me,” said Elling­ton. “ But I'm more thank­ful that I was in the right place at the right time. The whole time I was think­ing ' that could be my kids' and I would hope that some­one else would do the same thing for me that I did for that lit­tle girl and her fam­ily.”

Far­ron Head

It's been close to a year since Far­ron Head saved a woman from her burn­ing home and a ma­jor heart at­tack, but not be­fore he had helped her re­trieve sev­eral of her cats and dogs.

Head was driv­ing down Old Cov­ing­ton Road at Al­mon at around 9: 30 a. m. that morn­ing when he no­ticed smoke. As he drove closer, he saw that it was com­ing from the fire­place of a home from which flames were shoot­ing.

He con­tacted 911 then went to the door of the home to see if any­one was home. An older woman an­swered and asked if her house was on fire.

“ I told her ' yes ma'am it is’ and she started freak­ing out. She told me I had to help her save her an­i­mals.”

For the next sev­eral min­utes the woman brought dogs and cats to Head, who loaded them into her ve­hi­cle for her. Through­out this, the woman kept say­ing that her chest hurt. Even­tu­ally Head con­vinced her that she needed to stay out of the home and let the fire depart­ment get any other an­i­mals that may be in­side the house.

Head got the woman into his truck where the heat was on and when help ar­rived she was trans­ported to the hos­pi­tal where they found she was suf­fer­ing from a mild heart at­tack.

Al­though the home was nearly de­stroyed, Head was able to get the home­owner and her pets out safely.

“ I feel like any­one who works with Snap­ping Shoals would have done the same thing,” said Head. “ I'm no one spe­cial and I don't feel like I'm any kind of hero. I hope that if my house was on fire, some­one else would do the same thing for me.”

Al­though Head and Elling­ton may not think of them­selves as he­roes, Snap­ping Shoals Pres­i­dent and CEO Brad Thomas feels dif­fer­ently.

“" The en­tire Snap­ping Shoals EMC fam­ily is very proud of Far­ron and Ken. Their self­less­ness is an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of the many good qual­i­ties found among our em­ploy­ees."

Brit­tany Thomas/The Cov­ing­ton News

Lo­cal he­roes: Far­ron Head, left, saved a woman and her pets from a burn­ing home, all the while help­ing her sur­vive a heart at­tack. Ken Elling­ton, right, helped a lost girl lo­cate her home and fam­ily. Both of these men are em­ploy­ees of Snap­ping Shoals EMC and re­ceived Life Sav­ing Awards from Ge­or­gia EMC.

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