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Clayton County firefighters honored by Council

Photo by Johnny Jackson 
The Lovejoy City Council commended members of the Clayton County Fire Department for their actions in combatTing an early morning fire in the city.

Photo by Johnny Jackson The Lovejoy City Council commended members of the Clayton County Fire Department for their actions in combatTing an early morning fire in the city.

LOVEJOY — Members of the Clayton County Fire Department lined the back pew at city hall Monday.

The Lovejoy City Council recognized the firefighters and first-responders for their reaction to an early-morning fire Sunday that displaced three families at Callaway Crossing.

Officials said the 14 units, including two ladder trucks and four engines, responded to the blaze and managed to save six units in the condominium development.

The displaced families received temporary housing and assistance from the American Red Cross, which was also recognized Monday. The Council commended Red Cross Community Relations Manager Carisa Hettich for her work as a liaison with the city.

Mayor Bobby Cartwright said he was proud of the collaborations that began with the first-responders and ended with the Red Cross.

“Y’all are not here enough for us to say this,” said Cartwright. “Y’all are going to be our fire department from now on.”

Cartwright said he expects to be working with the fire department for several more years as Lovejoy does not have a dedicated department.

The four-member Council unanimously approved an ordinance to regulate the number of pawn shops in the city. Council member Marci Fluellyn was absent.

The ordinance is similar to the city’s ordinance pertaining to liquor shops, said City Attorney L’Erin Barnes. It allows for only two pawn shops to operate within the city limits.

Lovejoy Chief of Police Mark Harris recommended the city enter into a contract with Tara Wrecker Inc. of Jonesboro for towing services.

Harris participated in the Council’s recognition of Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill “for his efforts and dedication to improve the relationship and cohesiveness between the City of Lovejoy and Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.”

“It’s because of the working relationship we have,” he said. “We want to continue the relationship we have.”

Harris said he developed a relationship with the sheriff, working as his chief deputy between 2006 and 2008, during Hill’s first term.

“We have worked together before,” he said. “I just think it’s better now.”

The Lovejoy Police Department was established in 2010 and has grown to nine officers, six of whom have been deputized with the sheriff’s department.

Officer Heather Mathis was commended Monday for securing the scene of a crime at the Waffle House as she waited for detectives to arrive.

Lovejoy resident Edward Thompson was honored for his service to the city. He retires as coordinator at the Lovejoy Community Center. He had worked there since 2008.

“I tell you, I couldn’t be happier with the people I’ve worked with,” said Thompson.