Deputy Jerry Mifflin Honored By Commission For Bravery

Left to right: Fentress County Sheriff Chucky Cravens, Deputy Jerry Mifflin, and Fentress County Executive J. Michael Cross.  Deputy Mifflin was recognized for his act of bravery in rescuing an elderly woman from a burning house earlier this month by the County Commission during their Monday meeting.

Left to right: Fentress County Sheriff Chucky Cravens, Deputy Jerry Mifflin, and Fentress County Executive J. Michael Cross. Deputy Mifflin was recognized for his act of bravery in rescuing an elderly woman from a burning house earlier this month by the County Commission during their Monday meeting.

The Fentress County Com-mission met in regular monthly session on Monday, December 19, in a rather brief and routine meeting.

The highlight of the session was with an award for bravery being presented to Fentress County Deputy Sheriff Jerry Mifflin for his heroic efforts in saving an elderly woman from a burning house earlier this month.

With all members present, the meeting was called to order by Executive J. Michael Cross, followed by the pledge to the flag, and opening prayer by Bro. Lonnie Cook.

After approval of the minutes from the November 21 session, and notaries, Executive Cross then commented:  “A few days ago, Deputy Jerry Mufflin responded to a house fire and helped save a lady’s life, and with the help of her son was able to get the lady to safety, and through his act of heroism, a life was saved that night.

In speaking to Jerry about the incident, he said “I was just doing my job.”

“Just doing my job” is exactly what all the officers of the Fentress Co. Sheriff’s Department, the City of Jamestown Police Department, our Volunteer Fire Departments, our Fentress Co. 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 and 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 Mifflin was then called to the front of the courtroom where Sheriff Chucky Cravens pinned a medal on him, and Executive Cross presented him with  the Bravery Award in recognition of his heroic action.  He was also joined by several other members of the Sheriff’s Department, along with Derek Hall, the son of the woman whose life he had helped save.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.