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Paramedic Firefighter Jeremy Lethco is the 2022 Medal of Valor Award recipient. “He demonstrates professionalism and passion for his job and goes above and beyond for the citizens of Pickens County. Lethco and other public safety workers were honored in a ceremony hosted by the Jasper Rotary and Ga. Mountains Hospice last week. With Lethco, are (l-r) Gina Pendley, Ga. Mountains Hospice; Marty Callahan, Jasper Rotary; Lethco; Peter Skandalakis, Executive Director, Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, who made the presentations; and State Rep. Rick Jasperse.

Pickens Public Safety employees from all stations honored

     “We are here to say thank you for your service to the community,” said Georgia Mountains Executive Director Gina Pendley welcoming the 277 dinner attendees gathered to recognize nine community Departments of Public Safety, and to name a Medal of Valor recipient from the nominees.

            Pickens County Fire & Rescue’s Jeremy Lethco was presented The Medal of Valor Award for 2022.  His nomination described him, stating “along with his peers I have witnessed his exceptional qualities as leader, motivator and drive to train our employees to provide the best pre-hospital emergency care possible.

            “I was surprised and grateful that my work was thought  deserving of nomination,” said Lethco upon receiving the Medal of Valor. 

            “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile” said Keynote Speaker Peter Skandalakis as he encouraged the Public Safety servants quoting Albert Einstein. Also, he noted that in surveys of professions firefighters and law enforcement raked them very high in “respect ratings.”

            Community leaders turned out to honor our local heroes. All members of the Jasper City Council and every Pickens County Commissioner were there to support the Public Safety servants.  Probate Judge David Lindsey read the nominee recommendation letters and State Representative Rick Jasperse introduced Peter Skandalakis, who is the Director of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia.

            “We love you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Rotary President and event co-sponsor. Skandalakis spoke for the entire community saying “we need you and cannot have freedom without your  protection.”

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