A sergeant with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services was recognized during last week’s promotion ceremony for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Fire Chief Tim Prather presented Sgt. Nick Spain with a letter of commendation at the conclusion of the ceremony. After reminding the audience that the fire department’s vision statement states the agency is committed to providing a superior level of service to the citizens the department serves, Prather invited Spain up to read an email the agency received on Sept. 4 from a Cherokee County resident. The email came from Chyenne Weslowski, who lives in the Walden Crossing Apartments in Canton with her nearly 2-year-old daughter.

“When I arrived home today (Sept. 4), fire truck no. 3 was in front of my apartment building,” the email read. “When I got my child out, I had a ton of groceries that I couldn’t carry all at once. It was at that time that firefighter Spain was so kind to offer me help in carrying in my groceries while I carried my daughter. Upon entering my home, he heard a sound coming from my smoke detectors, indicating that my batteries were low and needed to be replaced. It was at that time that Mr. Spain proceeded to get batteries and change them out for me. I am overwhelmed with just how nice this man was. To help me in and change my batteries, I cannot thank him enough. I am so delighted to have first responders such as him! Please let him know that just that small gesture went a long way, and I am forever grateful.”

After reading the letter of commendation, Prather thanked Spain for going above and beyond in assisting the county’s citizens and keeping them safe.

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