Deputy dies in Pickens training facility

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Deputy Sheriff II Spencer Englett

Deputy Sheriff II Spencer Englett

(Photo from Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Social Media)

 

JASPER, Ga. – Two families mourn today after the sudden death of Deputy Sheriff II Spencer Englett, 29, during training in Pickens County.

Englett was recently married and had just begun his first day of training in Pickens, but served as a deputy of Forsyth County. The training program was a part of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Pickens Law Enforcement Academy where Englett was with three other Deputies from Forsyth.

According to an official release from Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman, “Spencer suffered a traumatic medical event during training and collapsed. Medical personnel and first responders on scene, as well as his fellow Forsyth County Deputies, immediately administered aid to Deputy Englett.”

Forsyth County Sheriff Ron H. Freeman

Forsyth County Sheriff Ron H. Freeman

Englett was transported to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital for what Freeman called “heroic efforts” in his care. However, Englett was unable to be revived.

Sheriff’s Offices across North Georgia and the state are offering up their condolences and mourning as his “family in blue” alongside his wife and family at home.

Englett had served with Forsyth County since May 2017 and Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office before that. Freeman stated, “Deputy Englett served Forsyth County with distinction and honor and remains well respected by his peers.”

 

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Jones responds to Station 8 Issue

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JASPER, Ga. – “We’re old country people. We always work on a handshake and a person’s word is his bond.” These were the words of Pickens County Commissioner Rob Jones when questioned about an outstanding issue of a water tank for what is known as the Wildcat Community.

A set area along the line of Dawson and Pickens Counties, the community stretches between and has shared in an Automatic Aid Agreement between the two. They are served by Dawson County Fire Station 8, a volunteer fire station that actually sits inside of Pickens County but is manned by Dawson.

A growing confusion from citizens is attempting to find a single point catalyst for tensions regarding the issue of the fire station, with some pointing to a missing extra water tank, and others pointing to a recent fire that destroyed a home on Burnt Mountain Ridge Road that was not responded to by that Fire Station.

Station 8 was constructed on Monument Road in 2008 by Pickens County in an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Dawson County.

The questions and concerns over the station have grown so much that the community held a town hall over the issue involving both Dawson and Pickens County Officials to ask questions. Those questions include why it took so long for Fire Station 8 to respond to the fire on Burnt Mountain Ridge Road, why was Fire Station 8 not dispatched promptly since it is only 2.5 miles from the fire? Later in the meeting, the community did also ask what  became of the water tank the organizers say Dawson County promised to provide.

A question that Chairman Jones says isn’t an issue with him anymore because he knows where the issue stands now with Dawson. Jones did not comment on whether he believed the community still had an issue. Jones did also admit that he had no idea why Station 8 was not initially contacted in response to the recent fire.

He noted that as a Volunteer Fire Station, those at station 8 would not have directly engaged the fire, but would instead have been there to contain the fire, prevent it from spreading, ensured the safety of citizens in the vicinity, and preset the area so that when county firefighters did arrive, they could immediately engage the blaze with little setup work.

Pickens County Commission Chairman Rob Jones

Additionally, Jones noted that having volunteers familiar with the community helps expedite firefighter response to a location as they can help direct and guide the approach on back roads the firefighters may not know.

Jones also stated that during the two-hour town hall meeting he was questioned, “The question was asked of me at the end of the meeting, would Pickens County consider taking the station over?” Jones says that he answered by saying that if the community wanted Pickens to do it, they would.

However, Jones contends that he had no intentions for the Fire Station saying that he has trusted Dawson County over the years and had good relations with them with previous commissions. He said he did not want to “throw them out,” referencing Dawson County.

“My main concern is the safety and well-being of the people of Pickens County,” said Jones. He insisted that he wanted to continue with an Intergovernmental Agreement and the established Automatic Aid Agreement.

He went on to state, “I am not telling anybody up there that they don’t need to deal with Dawson County. I have never said, nor will I say that. That’s up to them.”

Another symptom of this rising issue came from Dawson County taking issue with Station members attending training in Pickens County. A fact that Jones said he offers to all volunteer fire fighters in the County as it is a training they must stay up-to-date with.

Still, Jones made note that volunteers are still volunteers. Working with them on their schedule is a part of the package according to Jones who said, “You have to work with them as well as they work with you. It’s not a one-sided game.”

He went on to specify that he does not tell these volunteers to attend Pickens County training saying, “If the individuals up there want to come to Pickens County for training, they can come to Pickens County for training. If they have training going on in Dawson County, they can go to Dawson County for training. We’re not telling them where to go.”

Jones said the State provides guidelines to go by on how to handle fires, those guidelines will match across counties.

During the Pickens County Commissioner’s work session, Jones stated that the county has been approached to take over the station and later confirmed they would be moving forward with that request.

With the Intergovernmental Agreement set in 2008 and an Automatic Aid Agreement in 2009, the station has been up for almost ten years. Taking on new volunteers is not something Jones wants as they move forward with taking control of the fire station. Jones said he didn’t care where they trained or which county they are from, “if you want to be a volunteer, we will proceed forward.”

It is an issue that Dawson County does not agree with. December has seen 13 volunteer firefighters resign in the face of directive from Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson to attend a mandatory training session.

FYN recently reported in a Dawson County Article, “Fire Station 8 volunteers a no-show at training submit their resignations:”

Thursday morning, Thompson summoned Lt. John Tarantini — who supervises Station 8 – to a meeting. “It was my intention to demote him back to support staff for failure to follow an order and insubordination,” Thompson said. “He declined to sign the paperwork and instead tendered his resignation.”

Tarantini also brought with him the resignation of the 12 other volunteers who work at Station 8, which Thompson accepted. That effectively closes the station for now. Station 6 on Hubbard Road in Big Canoe is the closest manned fire station to the Wildcat Community which lies in both Dawson and Pickens counties.

Additionally, Dawson County responded to their resignations and citizens concerns with a press release stating, ” In no way do the recent resignations of Station 8 volunteer support personnel members affect the ISO rating for this community, nor does it decrease the level of service provided.”

Jones has indicated during the County’s Work Session that the Board wants nothing to change between Pickens and Dawson counties moving forward.  He said, “We still want to do an Automatic Aid Agreement, if they so desire. Our main goal is for the protection and cooperation of the Citizens in the community. Wildcat Community, as they call themselves, has got money and time invested in that station. Pickens County does, too. And Dawson County does, also.”

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Appalachian Gun, Pawn, Range, & Training Ribbon Cutting

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The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce recently had a ribbon cutting at Appalachian Gun, Pawn, Range, and Training located at 140 Shelby Lane in Jasper.

We encourage you to visit Appalachian Gun, Pawn, Range, & Training and experience the difference. Their friendly staff will gladly help your decision as you make your purchase. Receive free range time to try your new firearm when you purchase your firearm from Appalachian. They also have rental guns to try out at the state of the art shooting range. Bring your pistol or rifle and shoot on the 25-yard range and the 50-yard range.

Appalachian Gun & Pawn is family owned & family operated. They pride themselves on fair prices and excellent customer service. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

For more information about Appalachian Gun, Pawn, Range, & Training, as well as many other Pickens County Chamber of Commerce member businesses, please visit the website at www.pickenschamber.com, or call (706) 692-5600 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Would You Know How to Perform CPR on Your Pet? Watch the Training Video by Mountain Emergency Animal Center

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Mountain Emergency Animal Center is a outstanding emergency vet clinic located in Blue Ridge, GA. They have a full surgical room, ICU kennels, a blood bank, and they keep anti venom on hand at all times. They are fully equipped to deal with any medical emergency your pet may have.

In this video they do a CPR training to show you exactly what you would need to do if your pet goes into cardiac arrest. This is great information for any pet owner.

Mountain Emergency Animal Center

Serving the Tri-State Area (GA, NC, TN)
Call us at 706-632-7879

Pet Emergency? Read no further and call us right away!dog

Pet emergencies, like human ones, can happen anytime. Your pet’s injuries and illnesses may require immediate attention.

Workout Like a Pro~Workout with a Pro at Zoo-Ology Zen Zone a new workout center in Pickens County

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Do you want to be fit & healthy?  Did help getting on the right track?  Maybe you need to schedule an appointment with personal trainer Gabe “Zoo” Northern.  Former NFL player has moved from the Buffalo Bills to the Foothills.  The foothills of Jasper, GA.  Being fit has always been an important part of Gabe’s life so when he decided he liked the weather better in the South he moved into Pickens County.  Now you can work out like a pro…and with one!

Gabriel O’Kara Northern (born June 8, 1974) is a former American football linebacker and defensive end who played for five seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings. He served as defensive line coach at Prairie View A&M from 2011 to 2012 and 2014, and in the same position at Grambling State from 2001 to 2003.  

As a rookie in 1996, he finished the year with 5.0 Sacks and 19 Tackles. In his second season, he started one game and recorded 24 tackles. He made the switch to outside linebacker in 1998 and started 16 games, finishing with 2.0 Sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and 32 Tackles. In 1999, he again started 16 games and finished with 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 35 Tackles.  13592307_974111002706749_7330317336930391926_n

Northern opened up a fitness center, Zoo-Ology Zen Zone, offering various options to anyone who wants to be in better health.  Are you looking for a new and exciting way to revamp your workout routine? Gabe Northern, owner and new Pickens County resident, is the person to see. Gabe brings a fresh face to health and wellness. His years of experience playing college and professional football, as well as coaching professional football has prepared him for a career in motivating others to invest in their health. ZOO-OLOGY Zen Zone focuses on a combination of yoga, meditation, footwork, core, and football type drills.

 

Speaking from personal experience I can attest to the type of training you receive when you schedule with Gabe Northern!  He was able to develop a specific training for me which provided a routine I could handle while also providing me with the exercise I needed to work toward my goals.

13450060_959720414145808_2692174747205617071_nGabe believes in providing a family friendly atmosphere, where anyone from 4 years old to 84 years old can work out. This summer, he will be putting on summer camps for young boys to improve on their health, while also working on their behavior. In addition, he has begun working with the Pickens High School football team in their pursuit of a state title. Gabe wholeheartedly loves this community and asks for your continued support in making his dream of owning this business a success. Information regarding classes and price schedules can be found on their Facebook page (Zoo-Ology)  Zoo-Ology Zen Zone                       

Here is the schedule for Zoo-Ology Zen Zone:

ZOO-OLOGY Zen Zone!  Working hard to make sure they offer the classes and work out options you need.

The office will be open for business hours from 9am-7:30pm Monday through Friday. Give them a call or stop by for information or a tour of the facility.

Below you will find the daily schedule for Practice work outs with Gabe including both the regular practices ($15) and also adding a 50-yard Liners class for seniors ($5), Gentle Beginners Yoga classes and a new Gentle Yin Yoga Class for stress reduction and restoration with Lora ($10), and last but not least the new Free-Style Independent work outs ($5). Free-Style classes are available to team members who have previously worked out with coach Gabe to use the equipment and facility for one hour to work out independently.

Mondays:
7:30 pm Gentle Beginners Yoga with Lora.

11:00 am 50-Yard Liners Class for Seniors with Coach Gabe.

2:00 pm Free-Style workouts

6:00 pm practice class with Coach Gabe.

Tuesdays:
6:00 pm Gentle Beginners Yoga with Lora.

2:00 pm Free Style Workouts

Wednesdays:
9:00 am and 2:00 pm Free Style workouts.

11:00 am 50-Yard Liners Class for Seniors with Coach Gabe.

6:00 pm practice class with Coach Gabe.

7:30 pm Gentle Yin Yoga with Lora (Bring a pillow and blanket or throw of some type for this class).

Thursdays:
6:00 pm Gentle Beginners Yoga with Lora.

2:00 pm Free Style Workouts

Fridays:
9:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 6:00 pm Free Style Workouts.

11:00 am 50-Yard Liners Class for Seniors with Coach Gabe.

Saturdays
10am-12pm Kids Yoga $15 or $50 a month (see monthly payment rules below)

Evenings are reserved for private groups or individual practice sessions with Coach Gabe and personal and small group yoga sessions with Lora. All these will be scheduled by appointment only.

Yoga Monthly packages available
4 classes $30
8 classes $60
Unlimited $100

Any monthly payment package is due the first week of the month and classes paid are to be taken in that calendar month and renew each month in the first week.

We are closed on Sundays.

Graduation Ceremony of Rescued~Saving Detainees & Dogs One Life at a Time

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The Graduation Ceremony of Rescued was held on January 26th at the Colwell Detention Center.  Rescued is a joint effort between Colwell Probation Detention Center, Mountain Shelter and Castoff Pet Rescue to rescue dogs who would otherwise be euthanized, while providing a positive impact on the offenders within the Colwell Detention Center.

Each Program participant made an impact statement and it was abundantly clear the positive effect the time spent working with these dogs and the wonderful people associated with the program had made on these men.

I have always thought dog was God spelled backwards because dogs are such a beautiful reflection of unconditional love.  This program makes the lives better for so many more than the ones in the program, it reaches every aspect of the rest of these men’s lives, family, coworkers, friends and each person they may ever encounter.  I would love to see this program all over the United States.

Enjoy the photos and the full graduation video below.

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Amy Woodring and Personal Fitness 6/17/16

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BKP talks Fitness with Amy Woodring about new personal training plans.

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