Walker County Fire Rescue Crews Bring Injured Hiker to Safety

Lafayette, GA – Units with Walker County Fire Rescue helped bring a hiker with a broken leg to safety late Saturday afternoon.

Emergency crews received a call around 5:30 p.m. that a 30-year old woman had fallen at the Keown Falls overlook.  The hiker was about eight-tenths of a mile down a trail.

When rescue crews reached her, the hiker informed them she had pain in her right leg and could not walk on it. After immobilizing her leg, fire personnel placed her on a backboard and carried her up a series of steps to the base of Keown Falls.

The hiker was then placed on a utility vehicle and brought back up the trail to a staging area, where an ambulance waited to transport her to the hospital.

Two Hikers Rescued from Swift Moving Water in Walker County

Villanow, GA – First responders in Walker County rescued two men this morning trapped by the swift moving waters of East Armuchee Creek.

Firefighters with Walker County Fire Rescue and the Georgia Department of Corrections, along with deputies from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a call for help at 8:49 a.m. coming from the Chattahoochee National Forest.  Emergency crews arrived to find two men stranded by rising water near Manning Mill Road and East Armchuee Road.

Firefighters set up a high line cable system across the creek and attached to it using a quick release rescue vest.  Additional rescuers were positioned upstream to spot debris and downstream in the event a secondary rescue was needed.  Rescuers then pulled the two hikers across the water to safety.  No injuries occurred during the rescue, which took about 55 minutes to complete.

The two men had gone hiking Tuesday with the intent of leaving the forest before sundown.  They attempted to cross the creek in their truck last night, but deemed it unsafe.  Due to spotty cell service in the area, they were unable to call for help until this morning.

Animal Shelter Lands New Manager

Stephanie McTaggart Promoted to Animal Shelter Manager

CHICKAMAUGA, GA – Stephanie McTaggart took over management duties at the Walker County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center this morning. Her promotion was announced during a Shelter staff meeting.

McTaggart will be tasked with overseeing day to day operations, carrying out projects to improve animal adoptions and spay/neuter in the community, reduce euthanasia and coordinate with cities on intake agreements.

In 2015, McTaggart joined the Shelter staff as a Rescue Coordinator, working with animal rescue groups to place dogs and cats in good homes. In 2017, her efforts helped save 825 animals, a 25% increase over the prior year. She will continue do perform this function in her new position.

McTaggart plans to make the Walker County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center more visible to the public in 2018 by holding adoption events out in the community. She also wants to improve volunteer opportunities through a new service program. An additional focus will be to enhance access online to lost/found and adoptable animals.