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Trio involved in Hawkins river rescue honored by county commission

June 25th, 2013 6:00 am by Jeff Bobo

Trio involved in Hawkins river rescue honored by county commission

Three emergency responders who rescued two people from a capsized boat on the Holston River May 27 were honored by the County Commission Monday including Johnny Mallory (standing far right), Amy Elam (standing second from right), and Josh Reese (standing

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ROGERSVILLE - Three Hawkins County emergency responders who rescued a pair of boaters from the Holston River last month were honored for their courage and service to the community Monday night by the Hawkins County Commission.

On May 27 around 8 p.m. rescuers were called to the Holston River near the Hugh B. Day Bridge on Rt. 66 just south of Rogersville after a boat capsized, leaving two people stranded in the water.

Upon their arrival Hawkins County EMS personnel Amy Elam and Josh Reese, as well as Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Johnny Mallory jumped immediately jumped into the river and rescued the two boaters who were hanging on tot he overturned boat.

Neither of the boaters were wearing a life jacket, nor did they know how to swim.

"Your quick action demonstrated the commitment of employees and volunteers of the emergency agencies of Hawkins County," said Commissioner Bob Palmer who also chairs the commission's Public Safety Committee.

Palmer added, "You put your lives in danger to save others."

Elam, Reese and Mallory received a standing ovation from the county commission and the audience attending the meeting.

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