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Published on June 24th, 2015 |

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Business group presents public safety, Karl Bevins service awards

The Buckhead Business Association Tuesday presented its annual public safety awards to three law enforcement officers and a member of Atlanta’s Fire Rescue Department at its Signature Luncheon while honoring one of its own members for outstanding service to the organization.

Buckhead Paws owner Shaver was presented the BBA's annual Karl Bevins Service Award.

Buckhead Paws owner Mark Shaver was presented the BBA’s annual Karl Bevins Service Award.

Buckhead Paws owner Mark Shaver was presented with the Karl A. Bevins Service Award for his eight years of service with the BBA and his contribution and commitment to the organization’s growth as a member of its board of directors and an officer.

“Shaver has a warm involving nature. He has been truly a part of the fabric of this organization for the last decade,” said the association’s 2014 president Brian McGuire as he presented Shaver with the award before a crowd of a few hundred Buckhead business leaders. “He has been involved in every committee I can think of.”

The award is named after Karl A. Bevins, a longtime association member and Atlanta’s first traffic engineer, who died in 2011 at age 96. Bevins attended every meeting of the BBA for more than a decade while his health permitted—sitting on the front row—and introduced himself saying, “I’m Karl Bevins, a licensed professional engineer.”

Left to right: BBA VP of Public Safety Dr. Scott Allman, presents awards to Atlanta Police officers James White and Jose Nunez along with BBA President Greg Davis.

Left to right: BBA VP of Public Safety Dr. Scott Allman presents awards to Atlanta Police officers James White and Jose Nunez along with BBA President Greg Davis.

“I was blown away to learn I was getting this award,” Shaver told BuckheadView. “Although I don’t think Bevins knew my name, I knew and admired him. Bevins’ consistency and commitment to the make the organization better still inspires. He was a symbol of that.”

Also at the luncheon, four members of Atlanta’s law enforcement agencies were presented with the association’s public safety awards for their courage and commitment to service above and beyond the normal line of duty.

Atlanta Police Department Zone 2 Officers James White and Jose Nunez, were each honored for saving the life of a suspect who was in custody for allegedly cashing a forged check. The suspect told the officers he suffered from COPD and asthma attacks and started having breathing issues.

White and Nunez applied cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques on the suspect, who actually stopped breathing, until emergency medical

Fulton County Sheriff's Officer Corey Henry, center, receives his award from BBA's Dr. Scott Allman and Greg Davis.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Officer Corey Henry, center, receives his award from BBA’s Dr. Scott Allman and Greg Davis.

personnel arrived to the scene, restoring his breathing and saving his life. It was officer Nunez’s first day in the field.

Sgt. Corey Henry of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and his K-9 partner Kojak, were honored for facing a violent armed suspect who had shot at and fled from police, putting themselves in a life-or-death situation to apprehend a suspect.

Henry and Kojak showed “persistence, teamwork and tenacity in pursuing and arresting the armed fugitive,” said Dr., Scott Allman, the BBA’s vice president of Public Safety.

Atlanta Firefighter Eric Cook chats with other public safety award winners at l;uncheon tale prior to the awards ceremony.

Atlanta Firefighter Eric Cook chats with other public safety award winners at luncheon table prior to the ceremony.

Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Officer Eric Cook was honored for his leadership and persistence in helping to solve an arson fire at a CVS pharmacy in west Atlanta.

When Cook saw a store video of the shoplifting suspect who started the fire as a diversion to escape the store, “He followed up with police forces and was able to identify the suspect and helped put him away for various charges,” Allman said.

While firefighters generally fight fires and help people during medical emergencies, in this case Cook took the additional initiative to work with the police to help solve the crime and put the perpetrator behind bars.

Honoring public safety officers is part of the association’s mission of promoting good service and uniting to the community through its leadership. The BBA has carried out this practice for more than a decade, presenting the awards to officers of the Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.

Postscript: An interesting twist on Tuesday’s ceremonies at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center was that Mark Shaver previously served as the BBA vice president of public safety, presenting the public service awards at previous luncheon meetings.

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