STATEMENT FROM CORONER PAUL MCDONALD:
The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office along with the Perry Funeral Home would like to recognize the efforts of the volunteers from Leesburg and Centre Fire Departments last December.
For privacy reasons, I’m unable to detail the specific circumstances, but it’s important to note that these volunteer firefighters spent over three hours gaining access and assisting the coroner’s office and the funeral home in a very difficult situation.
EMA Director Rogers also provided and arranged delivery of needed assets. Other officials were consulted and offered assistance to the Coroner, including Commission Chairman/Judge Burgess, Chief Deputy Sheriff Summerford, District Attorney O’Dell and the Shelby County Coroner.
It is with this letter I wish to bring to the attention of others, what a fine and cooperative relationship that exists in this community between its public safety agencies.
Again, thank you to all the volunteers that were a part of this difficult operation. The residents of Cherokee County should be proud of the people who volunteer their time to help others.
The Cherokee County Coroner’s office would also like to recognize the efforts of the McCords Crossroads Fire Department and Floyd EMS for their assistance to the Coroner during a death investigation in mid January.
Again, I am unable to go into detail, but I do wish to specifically recognize McCords Crossroads Fire Chief Rich Lindsey and his volunteer first responders/firefighters. And I’d like to recognize Paramedic Andrew Spears, Floyd Emergency Medical Service, and his partner. The teamwork of these responders was absolutely necessary to successfully complete this severely challenging event.
These first responders are a fine example of the dedicated public service that is available to the citizens of Cherokee County.