Two men who put their lives on the line every day were honored at the April meeting of the Toombs County Commissioners for going above and beyond the call of duty last Tuesday night.
Toombs County Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight, Jr., presented commendations to Deputy Robert Wiggs and Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jeffrey Taylor, noting “These men saved a life in a stressful, life-threatening situation,” said Sheriff Kight. “These two officers put their own lives in danger to save a life.”
According to Sheriff Kight, on January 25 of this year, which on routine patrol Deputy Wiggs and Trooper Taylor responded to an assistance call from the Lyons Fire Department in regards to a structure fire at 166 East McNatt Road in Lyons. Deputy Wiggs and Trooper Taylor entered the residence but were unable to locate anyone, and were forced out of the building during to heavy smoke.
“Deputy Wiggs thought that he heard someone inside, and reentered the resident,” Sheriff Kight said. “He could not find anyone before having to exit the home again due to smoke. After finding a blue jean jacket and wrapping it around his face, Deputy Wiggs again entered the building and found Mr. Jimmy Ramsey on a bed. He attempted to pull him out by his belt loops.”
Meanwhile, Trooper Taylor was attempting to put the fire out using a fire extinguisher without success. The belt loops that Deputy Wiggs was trying to use to pull Ramsey to safety gave way and broke.
“Deputy Wiggs was forced back outside, but he returned to the residence and got Mr. Ramsey by the legs and pulled him from the residence to safety,” Sheriff Kight said. “It is my opinion that the life of Jimmy Ramsey was saved by the direct actions of Deputy Wiggs and Trooper Taylor. Deputy Wiggs and Trooper Taylor went above and beyond in their efforts to save a citizen from sure death.”
The two law enforcement officers were presented Toombs County Lifesaver Awards by the Sheriff for their heroic actions.