Winnie Anne Wright
December 6, 2013
Valdosta - Mayor John Gayle and Valdosta Chief of Police Brian Childress honored Lt. Earl Durrance as the city's Employee of the Month at the Dec. 5 City Council meeting.
"It's just an every day job to us. I do appreciate the recognition and their appreciation of me. I'm just very thankful for them", says Durrance.
He was honored for his part in saving 16 year old, Chris Moore's life in October. Moore was pulling his bike under an idle train that started suddenly and amputated his leg.
"I don't remember everything, but I remember his face and his kind words to keep me calm. I'll never forget it", says Moore.
It may have been just another day on the job for Durrance, but for Moore's mother, his quick thinking is the reason her son is STILL alive today.
"When the officer got to the scene, he said it was nothing like he'd ever seen before. He held his composure together. I belive God strenghtnened him, strengthened his heart, and helped him get through this so he could help save Christopher's life", says Sims.
Durrance and Moore maintain a close friendship to this day. Mrs. Sims says the officer is now a member of their family.