Medals awarded to Ga. firefighters in hostage situation
"Basically your life changes forever after that day," said firefighter and hostage Sidney Garner
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — The Gwinnett Chamber has awarded Medals of Valor to the first responders who handled last year’s Gwinnett County firefighter hostage situation.
The awards were announced during a ceremony on Wednesday. On April 11, 2013, firefighters from Station 10 were called to a man having chest pains at a house on Walnut Grove Way. Firefighters said everything seemed normal until about 10 minutes after they arrived, when the man pulled a gun and held all five men hostage for several hours.
Ultimately, Gwinnett County Police SWAT team members rushed the house, shot the suspect dead and rescued the firefighters. "Basically your life changes forever after that day," said firefighter and hostage Sidney Garner as he thought back on that day with Channel 2's Gwinnett Bureau Chief Tony Thomas.