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DNR ranger honored after rescuing hunters lost on the Ogeechee

POSTED: December 30, 2013 7:08 p.m.

Four conservation rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division, including one who came to the aid of four lost hunters along the Ogeechee Rivers, recently were recognized at the 2013 Governor’s Public Safety Awards ceremony.


Awards given at this ceremony are dedicated to the men and women of the Georgia public safety community in recognition of their acts of heroism, outstanding deeds and exemplary performance that enhances their profession.


Cpl. Michael Crawley was cited after he found four lost hunters on the Ogeechee. They were in waist-deep water approximately a mile from the river bank. One of the hunters panicked when he was instructed to swim, and Crawley had to dive in to rescue him.


Upon finally getting all four victims to land, the ranger helped to build a fire to warm them until extraction from the area could be done in the morning.


Sgt. Mark Carson was honored after answering a call regarding a potential jumper on Brunswick’s Sidney Lanier Bridge. Carson and a Brunswick Police officer engaged the person in conversation and eventually grabbed the potential victim from the bridge barrier and pull him to safety.


Ranger 1st Class and Sgt. Chris Hodge saved a boating incident victim off St. Simons Island, helping to pull the person from underneath a stranded vessel before high tide came in and as the victim went into shock.


“It is an honor and a privilege to serve with these conservation rangers,” said Col. Eddie Henderson, director of the Law Enforcement Division. “We know that they do great work all the time, and it is especially wonderful when their dedication is recognized by others.”

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