First responders, flight crew and neighbor honored for helping save life of 9-year-old

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Loganville Fire Chief Carl Morrow and Walton County EMS Director Ronnie Almond were on hand at the March 8, 2018 Loganville City Council meeting to honor the people responsible for helping save the life of a young boy attacked by three pit bulls on Jan. 24, 2018.

Recognized for treating the young boy were the EMS crew from Loganville Fire Department and Walton County Fire Rescue as well as the AirEvac Life Team crew that were responsible for treating 9-year-old Cameron Wagstaff on the ground and in the air on the way to Egleston. Special recognition was also given to Svetlana “Lana” Reut, the neighbor who rushed in to pull the dogs off of the boy before first responders arrived.

“It’s not very often we get to recognize our men and women in public safety for good deeds but I would like to do that with Ronnie (Almand) from Walton County EMS,” Morrow said, going on to detail the attack on Cameron Wagstaff by the three dogs. He handed commendation awards to first responders Battalion Chief Benny Pilcher, with the Loganville Fire Department; Capt. Joey Mellin, Loganville Fire Department and Katie Burgener, Walton County EMS.

Director of Walton County EMS director Ronnie Alman then went on to recognize the flight crew from AirEvac Life Team who flew the young boy to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and provided medical assistance to him on route, Robert Underwood and Alana Jernnigan as well as Svetlana Reut, the neighbor who, at her own peril, rushed in to pull the dogs off of the young boy  being attacked. Reut, who Almand point out was a very petite person to take on the aggressive dogs, was humble in her response, giving credit to God for watching over them.

From left is Battalion Chief Benny Pilcher, with the Loganville Fire Department; Robert Underwood, with AirEvac Life Team; Capt. Joey Mellin, Loganville Fire Department; Alana Jernnigan, AirEvac Life Team; Svetlana Reut; Ronnie Almond, director, Walton County EMS; Chief Carl Morrow, Loganville Fire Department; and Katie Burgener, Walton County EMS.
From left is Battalion Chief Benny Pilcher, with the Loganville Fire Department; Capt. Joey Mellin, Loganville Fire Department and Katie Burgener, Walton County EMS.

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