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Season finishes quietly
Little activity over holiday weekend
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Forsyth County News

It may have been the Labor Day holiday, but the weekend seemed like any other to Forsyth County public safety officials.

“There was nothing of significance all weekend,” said Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers. “You never know. Sometimes we’re very busy and sometimes we’re not. And fortunately, this weekend was a very quiet weekend, at least for Forsyth County Fire.”

It was the same for the local sheriff’s office, said Capt. Tim House.

“I didn’t have any command pages all weekend,” House said.

Shivers said there was one small fire Friday at a doublewide mobile home on Kelly Mill Road.

The lone occupant, a cat, was rescued and fire crews were able to contain the fire to just one bedroom, according to Shivers.

“Beyond that, there was nothing that occurred of significance, Saturday, Sunday or Monday,” he said.

With the exception of a drowning Monday afternoon, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Ranger Mark Stephens said there were no other major issues over the holiday weekend on Lake Lanier. The DNR reported four boating incidents and four minor injuries.

The drowning occurred as a 25-year-old Doraville man was trying to swim to an island in the lake, authorities said.

The Hall County marine rescue team recovered the body of Kyle Miller, who had disappeared in the water near Van Pugh Park North, not far from Flowery Branch.

According to Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell, Miller was swimming to an island with some friends when he went missing.

The drowning was one of two statewide over the holiday weekend.

The other drowning happened on the Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia’s Screven County, where a 53-year-old man drowned while swimming.

While the holiday typically marks the end of the busy summer season, Shivers said the local fire department’s work continues.

“There’s never a day when we let our guard down,” he said. “We look forward to transitioning from the seasons, summer into fall and winter. And of course, we will be stressing winter home and fire safety as we approach cold weather.

“October is fire prevention month, so the department will be stressing fire prevention activities in the schools and community events throughout October.”


Lee Johnson of the FCN regional staff contributed to this report.