From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     Webster’s Dictionary defines Hero as “One who shows great courage”. It also describes an act of Heroism as “An act marked by courage, daring and desperate act of rescue”. Last Thursday night, while on routine duty, Deputy Sheriff Jerry Mifflin responded to an E-911 Emergency call reporting a house fire. When Jerry arrived on the scene, smoke and fire were visible within the residence.

     Knowing that a lady was trapped inside, Jerry attempted to enter through the front door. The room was engulfed in flames. Not to be deterred, Jerry proceeded to go to the back of the house, finding a window that held an air conditioner. Mr. Mifflin tore the air conditioner loose and entered the room, finding the victim amidst the smoke and flames. Risking his own life, Deputy Sherriff Jerry Mifflin rescued the lady. Through an act of absolutes Heroism, a life was saved that night.

     In speaking with Jerry Friday morning, he responded that he was “Just doing my job”. “Just doing my job” is exactly what ALL the officers of the Fentress County Sherriff’s Department, the City of Jamestown’s Police Department, our Volunteer Fire Departments, our Fentress County Ambulance Service, and the Fentress County Rescue Squad do every day. In the last year, Fentress County Government and the County Commission have sponsored a “Honor the Blue” day. We have also talked about the “Thin Blue Line” wherein every one of these personnel put their life on the line with every call they make. In one sense of the word, Deputy Mifflin was “Just doing his job”. An exemplary job that this day saved a life. We thank Jerry and ALL members of these organizations for their willingness to sacrifice as they do indeed “Protect and Serve”.

     Deputy Sherriff Jerry Mifflin will be honored for his bravery at this month’s County Commission Meeting.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1529321534ekalw1529321534t@skc1529321534ihadn1529321534ama1529321534. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.