Crisp Co. deputy recognized for 'act of heroism' on Lake Blackshear

    Photo courtesy: Crisp County Sheriff's Office

    CRISP COUNTY, Ga. -- Governor Nathan Deal has recognized a Crisp County deputy for an "act of heroism" he showed on Lake Blackshear this past June.

    A release from the sheriff's office said on June 6, deputy Lance Spurling was fishing on the lake when around 6 p.m., he saw flames from the back of a boat near the marina.

    Spurling drove his own boat towards the fire and along with a fishing partner, the two helped one person from the water and another person from the boat that had caught fire, officials said.

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    No one was injured so Spurling made sure to get Crisp County fire crews to the boat engulfed in flames to extinguish the fire before Lake Blackshear Marina became affected.

    Crisp County firefighters, local deputies and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources all worked together to fully extinguish the fire and prevent any further damages.

    In the release, the Crisp County Sheriff's Office said Spurling "transformed compassion into action" that day, and he's since received the 2018 Governor's Public Safety Award for helping to save life and property out on Lake Blackshear.

    The award was started in 1998 to recognize Georgians who are committed to their public safety roles and provide "outstanding service to their communities."

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