Griffin Fire-Rescue Toy Drive underway

STAFF REPORT ::: It’s that time of year again. The Griffin Firefighter Annual Toy Round-up has gotten off to a great start. Fire fighters are busy collecting toys through Dec. 16, at the three city fire stations: Station 1 at 310 N. Hill St. Station 2 (Headquarters) at 1420 Ellis Road Station 3 at 101 Crescent Way […]

Elderly Griffin man killed in Sunday morning fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An early Sunday morning fire on Morningside Drive took the life of an elderly Griffin resident, 76-year-old Albert C. “Carey” Jones. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones said he received notification of the fire at approximately 7 a.m., and heavy smoke was showing upon the arrival of the first fire […]

Monday storms leave behind moderate to severe damage; no injuries reported

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A number of Griffin-Spalding County residents are cleaning up after storms damaged property early Monday afternoon. As of early evening, no official determination had been made regarding what caused that damage. “Nobody has confirmed that there actually was one (a tornado), but something went through over there around Herndon,” said Griffin […]

Five Orrs Elementary students picked up after reporting feeling ill

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Parents of five Orrs Elementary School students picked up their children today after they reported feeling ill and were checked out by personnel of Griffin Fire-Rescue. According to Griffin-Spalding County School System Executive Director of Communications and Partnerships Department Judy Parker, the children complained of feeling unwell in the midst of […]

City and county fire departments respond to reports of weather damage

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: City of Griffin and Spalding County first responders are working calls related to this afternoon’s weather. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones, his personnel has responded to a few calls, but nothing serious. Jones said reports of people being trapped in a residence in Griffin are false. Spalding County Fire […]

Two families lose homes to fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Spalding County families lost their homes this week as a result of devastating structure fires. The fires occurred within hours of each other Tuesday morning and required responses from both city and county fire departments. The first call was received by the Spalding County Fire Department (SCFD) at 9:53 a.m. […]

GBI investigating inmate death in Spalding County Jail

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an inmate who died Saturday while being housed in the Spalding County Jail. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, 60-year-old Darrell Jones became ill during a routine medication call, and after unsuccessful attempts to save him, he was […]

Griffin Fire-Rescue issues Emergency Action Plan for Winter Storm Helena

STAFF REPORTS ::: Officials of Griffin Fire-Rescue have issued a press release in advance of the predicted winter storm warning that includes Griffin-Spalding County. The National Weather Service on 2:36 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, issued a winter storm warning for the Griffin area. Predicted precipitation calls for an estimated two to four inches of snow and […]

Griffin Fire-Rescue’s Annual Toy Round-Up now underway

SUBMITTED ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue’s Annual Toy Round-Up has gotten off to a great start. Hundreds of toys have already been collected, however more toys are needed for the drive that ends Dec. 20. The toys will be divided between the local Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS) and the Salvation Army, which will distribute […]

Griffin Fire-Rescue works to reduce fire-related deaths

STAFF REPORT ::: As a part of the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, Griffin Fire-Rescue and the Georgia Fire Educators Association installed over 200 new smoke detectors and replaced over 50 batteries in homes across northeast Griffin. The event took place on Thursday, May 12, and included houses located between Lyndon Avenue and Broad […]

Elderly man critically injured when struck by vehicle in parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 78-year-old man was critically injured Thursday when he was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot behind Ryan’s Steak House. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones, a vehicle was backing out of a parking place when he struck the elderly man. “He hit his head on the asphalt. […]

Three victims of fatal Saturday night fire identified

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Three Griffin residents lost their lives Saturday night in a residential structure fire at 220 Day St. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones, fire units arrived on the scene at approximately 10:05 p.m. and found the home fully-involved with flames showing through the roof. Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster has […]

Large oil spill deliberately released, Griffin Fire-Rescue official says

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin officials say a large Sunday morning oil spill that made its way into a storm water drain and then a stream was deliberately released. Griffin Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Shackelford said the spill, which originated at TT&D Garage located at 915 Ray St., was reported at approximately 10:30 a.m. and […]

Griffin PD officer searches smoke filled home, rescues toddler from reported fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin Police Department officer responding to a kitchen fire call pulled a child from a residence amid heavy smoke. Sgt. Joe Hudson, the first responding officer on the scene, was informed by a resident that the child remained inside the home. “At 6:12 p.m., Sgt. Hudson responded to a kitchen […]

Man critically injured Monday morning at city of Griffin Water Treatment Plant

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A delivery driver severely injured Monday morning at the city of Griffin Water Treatment Plant on North Expressway is en route to Grady Memorial Hospital via Life Flight. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones, the man, described only as being in his late 40s, was very badly injured during a […]