Oneonta police cited for life-saving response

Cory Glasscock and Matthew Suddeth display citations from the Oneonta City Council for their heroic efforts to save two women from an apartment fire.

Cory Glasscock and Matthew Suddeth display citations from the Oneonta City Council for their heroic efforts to save two women from an apartment fire.

Oneonta police chief Charles Clifton recognized officers Cory Glasscock and Matthew Suddeth at the Aug. 14 Oneonta City Council meeting. On the evening of July 3, the two responded to a structure fire on Pocoto Drive. There they found a four-apartment structure in flames.

The pair located women residing in two of the apartments, broke through windows, and assisted them to safety. Reportedly, neither knew the building was on fire. Body cam footage of the rescue has not only made local and state news, but has appeared on national evening news and morning shows.

According to Clifton’s citation, the two prevented almost certain death or injury in their heroic actions. Fire department officials arrived quickly and provided immediate medical attention while also fighting the blaze.

Interim fire chief Leslie Loggins reports that six of his department’s vehicles responded to that call and the city’s ladder truck went into action for only its second time.

In other matters, city manager/economic developer Ed Lowe announced the city’s receipt of a $488,373 grant for additional improvements at Oneonta’s airport. He also advised the council of local Swamp Tails restaurant’s request for an annual events license. The council approved that request which had received unanimous endorsement by the city’s alcohol license review board.

Councilors took action on two industrial park matters. They agreed to purchase and receive as part donation land known as the Ramsey Property. That approximate eight-acre site has been known as the Gulf States Property and the former Hold-em gate site.

Don Mitchell, executive director of the Blount County Economic Development Council assured councilors that the property is virtually sold. Expressing an inability to be specific, he advised that a company will soon announce its location here, bringing with it 10 immediate jobs and totaling 30 or more eventually. He claimed construction should begin within 30 days of the purchase. Lowe had indicated the city had been in negotiation for the property for about five years.

As for the land swap, the city will provide some .59 acres to TVM (Tennessee Valley Metals) in exchange for .41 acres it currently holds. This should facilitate the company’s construction of a reported 20,000 square-foot structure there.

In personnel matters, the council accepted the retirement/resignation of deputy police chief Judy Underwood, voted to hire Ryan Pinyan and Spencer Self as full-time police officers, and Daniel Owen and Matthew “Trey” Partlow as full-time firefighters. Mayor Ross Norris expressed his appreciation to Leslie Loggins who is serving as interim fire chief during the application and hiring process for that position.

Human resource officer Dalton Farmer won approval for a contract with Cobbs-Allen for risk management and HR consulting. In noting the benefits of that contract, Farmer said the city offers some of the most competitive job benefits of any local employer.

City beautification board chair Marlene Stroud announced the board’s August recognition winners. Those awards went to Johnnie Palmer for residential and Sonic drive-in for commercial.

Councilwoman Tonya Rogers missed the Aug. 14 meeting attended by councilors Hal Blackwood, Nathaniel Butler, Richard Phillips, and Danny Robinson as well as Norris. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.