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Dawson County Emergency Services Personnel Recognized for Outstanding Service

Pictured: Emergency Services Director Lanier Swafford, Dawsonville Civitan Club President Tiffany Muilenburg, Leiutenant Stephen Knowles, Community Risk Reduction Officer Chris Archer, and Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield

On Wednesday, April 12th, Lt. Stephen Knowles and Community Risk Reduction Officer Chris Archer of Dawson County Emergency Services were honored by the Dawsonville Civitan Club. Knowles and Archer were recognized for their efforts in starting an outreach program with the Community Based Instruction Program from the Department of Exceptional Children at Dawson County High School. Through a partnership with DCHS, students visited the fire station to learn about fire and life safety as well as life skills. While there, they assisted in day-to-day tasks and had the chance to observe some of the skills performed by the firefighters. This year the students also had an opportunity to accompany members of the department as they shopped for children's Christmas presents through a program sponsored by KARE for Kids. Through this experience they learned about budgeting and prioritizing as they shopped for others.

This "Outstanding Service" Award was created by the Civitan Club to recognize special individuals within the community who go above and beyond to serve others. Students, teachers, support staff, bus drivers, and now first responders have all been recognized by the club.

Civitan International is an organization of volunteer service clubs from around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities. Civitans help wherever the need arises – from collecting food for a homeless shelter, to volunteering at their local retirement home, to building a playground for children with disabilities. Civitans have been helping people since the organization’s founding in 1917, when a group of businessmen were determined to make a difference in their community. Dawsonville Civitan Club meets at 12:00pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Dawson County Board of Education Professional Development Building on Main Street.

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