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Commission commends local heroes: Sheriff's deputies help deliver baby, Parks and Rec crew leader performs CPR until ER could arrive

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The Floyd County Commission recognized on Tuesday several employees who went beyond their job descriptions to help others.

John Davis, a Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation crew leader, was alone in the office during the December snowstorm with another employee who had keeled over. He performed CPR until emergency responders were able to get there and the man is now recovering.

Davis received a standing ovation from the board and audience, as did the Floyd County Sheriff’s officers who helped a woman giving birth in the parking lot of the Judicial Center.

Deputy Jason Pearce arrived on the scene to find the woman lying in the parking lot and the baby already on the way. He cleared the baby’s airway and the boy began breathing on his own.

Capt. Dave Roberson, Lt. Jody House and Deputy Dennis Noles assisted Pearce until emergency responders arrived to take the newborn and his mother to Floyd Medical Center.

“Extraordinary actions such as these further instill the public’s respect and confidence in the FCSO,” Commissioner Larry Maxey said.

Pearce choked up remembering the events of that day, Oct. 20, 2017.

“I couldn't have done it alone,” he said. “It just goes to show there’s family in Floyd County ... We’re a team.”

Also on Tuesday, County Manager Jamie McCord presented the 2017 annual report.

The 54-page document gives an overview of “where we were and where we are now,” he said, along with a detailed snapshot of each department and agency. It’s expected to be posted on the joint website, romefloydcounty.com, by the end of the week.

“There are so many good things going on, I don’t feel everybody gets to hear about them,” Commission Chair Rhonda Wallace said.

Financial highlights include a $2.3 million boost to the county’s fund balance and construction of 125 new homes, an increase of 38.4 percent over 2016.

“That’s a good sign things are moving,” McCord said.

The report notes that, following the 2008 recession, the Consumer Price Index grew 15 percent through 2016 but the county's budget has remained within 7 percent of its 2008 budget.

“We’re trying to still provide services but we’re living within our means,” McCord said.