District Four Commissioner Lisa Cupid will host a town hall meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Ron Anderson Community Center, 3820 Macedonia Road, Powder Springs. This meeting offers residents a chance to learn more about government in their community and the opportunity to provide feedback to the county. For more information, call the commissioner's office at 770-528-3312.
District Two Commissioner Bob Ott will host a town hall meeting for the community 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta. The meeting will provide the public the chance to be updated on county government actions and provide their feedback to officials. The meeting will last until 8:30 p.m. The church is located at 4385 Lower Roswell, Marietta. For further information, call 770-528-3316.
The 15th annual Public Safety Appreciation Week began with the kick-off breakfast honoring public safety personnel at Cobb Galleria Centre Monday, Oct. 6.
Cobb County Police Officer Charles Vill (pictured center) was awarded the Medal of Valor, the highest award recognizing an individual for an act of bravery in a life-threatening situation.
In February, Vill was shot five times by the driver of a vehicle he pulled over. Despite being seriously wounded, he maintained his tactical awareness. He acted quickly, moving to cover out of the line of fire, maintained control and provided clear and accurate descriptions and directions over the radio which ultimately led to the capture of his assailant.
Acworth Police Department Agent Kyle Arnold was named the Public Safety Employee of the Year. Arnold, currently assigned to MCS Narcotics, is one of the first entry officers when serving high risk warrants. This year alone, he has participated in the service of 15 to 20 high risk warrants. Arnold has handled major drug cases with high-level drug dealers.
Marietta Police Officer Paul Reynolds won the 2014 Award of Merit. In January, Reynolds provided emergency treatment to a seven-month pregnant woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. His tourniquet not only stopped the bleeding, but moved her broken femur back into place.
Smyrna Police Officers Tom Rooney was also honored with the Award of Merit for his actions during an apartment fire where he went door-to-door, evacuating people from the building. His actions were credited with saving at least 17 lives.
Cobb County Police Det. Tom Bastis won the Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual whose service and performance has exceeded the realm of the job. Bastis has worked for the Cobb County Police Department since 2003, serving more than five-and-a-half of those years within the Crimes Against Children Unit.
Public Safety Appreciation Week, which runs through Oct. 12, is sponsored by the Cobb County of Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit www.cobbchamber.org/publicsafety.