Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Message from Mayor Joe Lockwood

Mayor Joe Lockwood
Courtesy City Of Milton

Supporting our Public Safety Team

So far, 2009 is proving to be an interesting year. A lot is changing in our country, our state and our city. Although times – and our city – are changing, there is one thing that remains constant: the need to preserve public safety.

Milton citizens and visitors are fortunate to have such outstanding police and fire departments. Day or night, rain or shine, no matter how dangerous the situation, our hard working public safety team is here for every one of us. They save us from fires, pull us from accidents, protect our families from criminals and allow us to sleep better at night. And for that I am eternally grateful.

In May, two fine Milton police officers, Nathan Allen and Andrew Phillips, acted bravely and fearlessly in the face of danger when they rescued a citizen from a burning automobile. Allen and Phillips risked their lives for a Milton resident and were able to safely transfer him to medical personnel. Since Allen and Phillips acted so courageously, we decided to award them the first-ever Milton Medal of Valor at the Aug. 3 City Council Meeting. I hope these two officers inspire all of us to be more valiant.

While the public safety team is there to help us every day, sometimes they need help from us.

For the third consecutive year, the Milton Fire Department is partnering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise money for the fight against neuromuscular diseases with the “Fill-the-Boot” campaign. Our department has raised more than $65,000 over the past two years and raised the second most money in Georgia in 2008. This year, their goal has been set high and you can help. Keep an eye out for Milton firefighters at various intersections throughout August and please give what you can. Every cent helps; no donation is too small.
Another way you can help our Public Safety Department is by attending the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue unit fundraising event. The Milton TLAER unit, whose job is to safely manage and deal with incidents that involve large animals, is a newer program for our city and still has a great need for training equipment.

If you are interested in this unit, or wish to make a donation, join us on Sunday, Aug. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chukkar Farms and Polo Club. Tickets for this event can be purchased at City Hall or any Milton fire station. More information on this event can be found on our City Web site:

Although times are tough, we can always find a way to help others; especially those whose job it is to help us. And as always, contact me or our Public Safety Department with any questions or concerns.


Mayor Joe Lockwood

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