Griffin fire chief struck by vehicle; severely injured


Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief John Hamilton was severely injured early Tuesday morning when he was struck by a vehicle.

Hamilton was bicycling in the area of Chick-fil-A on Taylor street when he was hit.

Due to inclement weather, transport by air ambulance was not possible, so he was transported by ambulance to an Atlanta trauma unit.

“They took him to Atlanta Medical Center and the last word I’ve heard is that he’s supposed to have surgery this afternoon,” said City Manager Kenny Smith, who confirmed Hamilton sustained multiple fractures in the incident.

Smith, who gave Hamilton high praise, asked the community to pray for him and his family.

“I don’t know a whole lot about the incident. I was more worried about him, so if everyone would keep him and his family in their prayers. He’s a strong guy and a good guy, so he’ll be all right, but it’s going to be a long recovery, so if everyone would just pray for him,” Smith said. “One of the first messages I got from his wife was that he said he needed his laptop because there were a few things he needed to take care of. I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ But that’s just the kind of guy he is.”

The GRIP has been unable to obtain information regarding this incident from the Griffin Police Department. Additional information will be reported as it becomes available.

Please consider financially supporting The GRIP.
The news you find in The GRIP is free for all. You’ll never be hindered by a paywall or limited to only a few articles each month. That’s because knowledge CANNOT be a commodity available only to those with the ability to purchase it.
While the news will always be free for all, it is far from free to produce. That’s why The GRIP needs your support.
Your support will enable The GRIP to continue to provide relevant news in your community and beyond. It’s quick and painless. Just click this link:
All support will be greatly appreciated, whether a small one-time donation or recurring monthly gift.
Thank you!


  1. Bob Allen says:

    I hope John will be all right

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: