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Deputies, citizens honored for heroism in Cumming

by Caitlyn Walters

December 03, 2013

The "D" shift stands together to accept their Crime Fighter Award. CAITLYN WALTERS/Staff.
CUMMING, Ga. — Forsyth County Sheriff's Office held a large celebration for several outstanding deputies and citizens.

On Nov. 20, about 70 people met at the County Administration Building, 110 East Main Street, to celebrate the deputies for Deputy of the Quarter, Medal of Merit and Crime Fighter awards and recognition from the American Police Hall of Fame.

Deputy 1st Class Victor Porter was honored with the Medal of Merit.

Chief Deputy Michael Giordano said Porter pulled over a suspicious driver during the daytime about two months ago.

When Porter approached the driver, he seemed confused and disoriented.

Giordano said it turned out the driver was diabetic and had run out of his insulin.

Porter called emergency medical services, and the driver was taken to the hospital.

"The doctors told him that if he didn't get there as soon as he did, then the driver probably would not have made it, because he would have crashed," Giordano said.

Deputy 1st Class Steve Dockery was honored as Deputy of the Quarter.

Deputy Doug Rainwater said the office distinguished Dockery because he arrested a group of burglars who were breaking into local businesses at night.

Dockery's "D" shift was also honored with the first Crime Fighter Award.

Rainwater said the shift does a lot of proactive patrolling and arrests many criminals.

Deputy 1st Class Brian Chatham, Mike Nelson and Mike Reutter were recognized by the American Police Hall of Fame for their services that they have done.

In June, the office honored Chatham as Deputy of the Quarter, and Nelson and Reutter with the Medal of Valor for their hard work and heroism.

The office also gave Todd Hollaway, Gary Alan McBryar and Terry Johnson a Citizens Award for saving a man from his burning car.

In September, Giordano said he remembers when a woman rear-ended a semi-truck, which caused a multiple car accident and fatality on Ga. 400.

Giordano said three strangers pulled over and helped a paraplegic driver out of his burning car.

"That is rare," Giordano said. "Two of them were traveling the opposite direction and crossed over two lanes of traffic just to help out. They saved his life."