Helton recognized for 25 years of service to LFD

Published 9:17 am Friday, March 29, 2024

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The City of LaGrange recognized a local firefighter on Tuesday night for a quarter of a century of service to the city.

During the LaGrange City Council meeting on March 26, the city recognized LaGrange Fire Department Lieutenant Dusty Helton for his 25 years of service dedicated service to the citizens of LaGrange.

Lt. Helton was born and raised in Troup County and graduated from Troup High School in 1992. After high school, he attended Southern Union and West Georgia Tech where he became an EMT and started his public safety career working for Troup County EMS in 1994. While working for Troup County EMS, he received EMT of the year in 1995 and became the Supply Officer overseeing all equipment.

Helton began his career with the LaGrange Fire Department in March of 1999 and completed paramedic school earning his paramedic license shortly afterwards

Helton has obtained more than 100 certifications relating to fire and EMS during his time with LFD. For more than 20 years he taught classes not only to his colleagues but also to the community of LaGrange. Helton has filled in as EMS Training Officer, Infectious Disease Control Officer, and EMS Coordinator for the LaGrange Fire Department.  He also served for many years as a Paramedic for the LaGrange Police Department Emergency Services Unit.

Helton has also received multiple life-saving awards and unit citations.

“In his 25 years of service Lieutenant Hilton has greatly enjoyed serving his community and his love working alongside wonderful men and women who have now become his family,” Mayor Pro-tem Quay Boddie said. “We would like to congratulate Lieutenant Dusty Hilton for 25 years of selfless service to the LaGrange Fire Department and to the citizens of LaGrange.”

In other business, the council:

4 Rescheduled the June 25 council meeting to June 27 due to conflict with the annual Georgia Municipal Association convention in Savannah, Ga.

4 Authorized the City Manager and Assistant City Manager to be signatories on for the Municipal Competitive Trust for MEAG Power.

4 Modified seven parallel parking spots in the 200 block of Bull Street to be pickup and drop-off only on Monday through Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m.