It was an example of those who serve helping those who serve, an act of thoughtfulness we can all learn from.
Over the past few weeks with warmer weather, an abundance of sunshine and plenty of rain, the grass at the Georgia National Guard Armory in Dalton has grown quite quickly. Passers-by could see the grass in the front lawn starting to become fairly high.
Members of Charlie Troop — formally Troop C, 1-108th Cavalry, the Dalton-based unit of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Georgia Army National Guard — call the Crawford Street armory their home base. Those soldiers have been deployed to Afghanistan for several months.
One group decided to do something about the overgrown lawn. In stepped the Dalton Fire Department.
On the afternoon of May 6, eight fire department employees took lawn mowers and weedeaters to the armory to spruce up the lawn. They were Battalion Chief Chris Cantrell, Capt. Stan Maney, Engineer Brent Newton and firefighters Matt Asbell, Brandon Glass, Tyler Higgins, Justin Salter and Bucky Strickland.
"Nobody asked them to cut the grass," Dalton Fire Department Chief Todd Pangle said. "They drove by and saw the condition and decided to do something about it."
A post to the fire department's Facebook page "bragging on our guys" has taken off and been shared more than a hundred times, Pangle said. Commenters have praised the firefighters for their willingness to lend a hand.
"B shift went over Monday afternoon to help our servicemen and women from our local National Guard," according to the Facebook post. "They are currently deployed so our personnel went over to at least mow the grass and show our appreciation for their service. Dalton Fire Department would like to say thank you to all that serve and have served in our military."
For stepping up and helping area military members while they are deployed, the Daily Citizen-News names these eight city of Dalton firefighters our Citizens of the Week.