Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said about 2:30 p.m. August 14, deputies were notified that a kayak occupied by two people had capsized and they were hanging onto a log in danger of drowning in the Ogeechee’s swift current.
Shortly after arriving, Sgt Tracy Miller, Cpl Travis Tuenge, and STEP Deputy Randall Norman managed to get a general idea of the boaters location by calling out to them.
Sgt Miller then got the assistance of a resident of the area, Tommy Pope, by using Pope’s boat for the search. The man and a woman were found hanging onto the log in the current. Miller and Pope were able to drag both of them into the boat. Sgt Miller and Mr Pope then located a second boat that had been traveling with the rescued couple and towed it back to the landing near River Retreat Rd. The four boaters, all from Guyton, were not injured in the incident.
Sheriff Anderson thanked Pope for his willingness to assist deputies in rescuing the boaters. He also announced that Sgt. Miller was awarded the Lifesaving Medal for his efforts. Sgt Miller is a 21 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and serves as a shift sergeant.
Sheriff Anderson said Miller’s conduct during his years of service has been “exemplary, and this is simply another example of his dedication to serving the citizens of Bulloch County.”