Lights and Sirens

UPDATED: Resident jumps 2 floors to escape N. Fayette fire

A resident escaped the flames by jumping from a second-floor window and required hospital treatment. FIrefighters were chased from the burning home by flames and resorted to aerial hosing of the badly damaged home. Photo/John Munford.

UPDATED for print — Fire heavily damaged a north Fayette home Monday afternoon, forcing the home’s occupant to jump from a second floor window to avoid the mounting flames, fire officials said.

The fire at 118 Windmeadow Way in the Stillbrook Estates subdivision caused heavy damage on the interior, eating through the roof, much of the second floor and extending to the first floor.

Fire officials determined that a candle on the ground floor of the home somehow started the blaze. Read More»

Security system false alarms about to get costly in F’ville

Get ready to pay a fine for a false alarm from your security system if you live in Fayetteville.

Starting Monday, July 16, Fayetteville will begin enforcing its false alarm ordinance.

“Alarm users will be billed for false alarm activations which occur on, or after this date,” according to Detective Mike Whitlow of the Fayetteville Police Department. “Alarm users who have not registered their alarms will also be fined if they have an alarm activation and there is no current registration on file for that user.” Read More»

F’ville PD honors its 5th class of Citizens Police Academy graduates

Participants in the 5th Annual Fayetteville Citizens Police Academy got their graduation certificates last month after completing the 12-week course that gave them an overview of the department’s roles and functions. Photo/Special.

The Fayetteville Police Department last month completed yet another Citizens Police Academy. Now in its fifth year, the 2012 class consisted of 11 of Fayetteville’s citizens.

Department spokesman Steve Crawshaw said the academy was hosted in an effort to increase the community involvement with the Fayetteville Police Department and offer insight into the services provided.  Read More»

Feeling like a firefighter

Feeling like a firefighter

The Public Safety Expo at Drake Field in Peachtree City on July 4 gave visitors a good sense of what police officers and firefighters do and what equipment they use. The annual Water Battle took place in the afternoon and afterwards children got to hold the hose as it sprayed out gallons of water. Also making appearances at the event were Hawk 1, the Sheriff’s Department helicopter, one of the Peachtree City Police Department’s new motorcycles and a fire truck. Photo/Michael Boylan.

PTC, Fayette officials: Take precautions in 100-degree heat wave into next week

Summer has arrived in Georgia with a vengeance, as the National Weather Service is predicting several consecutive days with the daytime temperature hovering at or above the 100-degree range. It will start out as dry heat but the mugginess will increase by Sunday. Read More»

F’ville extinguishes fire dept. merger with Fayette

It was an idea designed to save money by consolidating the Fayetteville Fire Dept. with Fayette County and, at the same time, rolling back the millage rate to offset an increase that would be paid by city taxpayers for what they would owe on the fire district tax. But the June 21 work session of the City Council ended with a consensus that the city should retain its own fire department. Read More»

Hella helps PTC Police

Hella helps PTC Police

Hella Inc. of Peachtree City recently donated emergency lighting products to the Peachtree City Police Department which will be deployed on emergency vehicles and the trailers for the Community Emergency Response Team. Hella Marketing Coordinator Monika Boutwell (L) made the presentation recently to Police Capt. Stan Pye. Photo/Special.

Fire chief: sprinklers saved Kedron Fieldhouse

Peachtree City Community Services Director Jon Rorie (L) and Recreation Director Cajen Rhodes review the fire damage in the storage room at the Kedron Fieldhouse Thursday afternoon. Photo/John Munford.

Arson suspect arrested hours after blaze; pools, building to remain closed for cleanup

The fire sprinkler system saved Kedron Fieldhouse from being destroyed by fire early Thursday morning, but a malfunction in the fire alarm system resulted in the facility being under two inches of water because a switch failed to send an alert to the city’s alarm monitoring company, officials said.

“The sprinklers saved that building,” Peachtree City Fire Chief Ed Eiswerth told the city council Thursday night. “Otherwise instead of cleaning up the building, we’d be moving it with a bulldozer. There’s no doubt that sprinkler saved that building.” Read More»

Soldier’s sacrifice saluted in Fayetteville

Soldier’s sacrifice saluted in Fayetteville

All was silent Saturday morning as crowds lined Ga. Highway 85 in downtown Fayetteville as another fallen soldier was borne to his final resting place. Killed in Afghanistan after his unit was attacked with an IED on June 7, the body of Pfc. Brandon D. Goodine was transported from Falcon Field to Henry County where he attended school. Age 20, Goodine leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter. Photo/Ben Nelms.

1-car crash in Woolsey kills Griffin man

A Griffin man died Tuesday after his car ran off the road on Ga. Highway 92 south in Woolsey, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

John M. Fulop, 63, was driving south on Hwy. 92 in his 1994 BMW 325i when the crash occurred just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. He was traveling by himself, deputies said.

According to the investigation, Fulop’s vehicle was approaching a curve on the highway but for an unknown reason it continued on a straight path, leaving the roadway. Read More»