Man honored with Valor Award after saving neighbors from house fire
Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford, Travis Chastain, Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield and Chris Archer. - photo by Allie Dean
Last week at the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meeting one Dawsonville man was awarded with a Citizen Valor Award for acting to save two neighbors from what could have been a fatal house fire in early October. Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford presented the award to Travis Chastain, resident of April Trace, a road in the Fern Valley area of Dawson County where the house fire broke out on Oct. 7. “Mr. Chastain was at home watching television, it was after 10 p.m. that night, and he noticed the power began to flicker in his residence,” Swafford said. “As he got up and went outside to see if a storm might have arose, he noticed that the neighbor’s home across the street was on fire. Without hesitation Mr. Chastain ran across the road and, because of the rapid spread of the fire the doors were blocked, he began to alert the occupants of the home of their situation.”

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