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Man honored with Valor Award after saving neighbors from house fire
Citizen Valor award
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.”

Chastain threw rocks at the windows and was able to save the two neighbors, 26-year-old Catherine Chumbley and 30-year-old Marcus Sneen, from the flames.

Swafford said the two, who had become engaged earlier that same night, likely would have perished had Chastain not acted how he did.

“It’s not everyone who chooses to take it upon themselves to be that neighbor we all hope we have,” Swafford said. “Mr. Chastain exhibited that in October and for that, for his selfless actions and being a brave and good neighbor, Travis we’re honored tonight to present you with the Citizen Valor Award on behalf of Dawson County Emergency Services.”