Friday was the last day on shift for Barrow County E-911 Communications Officer Johnny Savage.
Savage began his public safety career in 1994 when he started volunteering with Oconee County Fire Rescue. In his 23 years with that agency, he worked his way through the ranks and became Assistant Fire Chief at one point in his career.
Savage went to work for Barrow County Emergency Services in 2002 when he joined the Barrow County E-911 Center. He started as a full-time communications officer and was promoted to supervisor later in his career. Throughout his time at BCES he has witnessed many changes in leadership and the operations in the 911 Center; he has evolved through each change to continue to provide the best quality of service to the citizens of Barrow County.
“Working with Johnny for these past years has been a joy!” said E-911 Center Manager William Wright, “While we will miss him and his enjoyable personality, I am happy for him in the transition from career to retirement. Johnny has always been a hard worker, a terrific team member, with an impeccable work ethics. No one is more deserving of a long and happy retirement filled with relaxation and enjoyment. I wish him all the best”.
"We truly appreciate the many years of service to the citizens of Barrow County and the BCES Team," stated Chief Shuman. "His dedication and hard work are a great example of the quality folks we have here at BCES. I wish him well in his retirement."
Savage plans to take some time off to travel with his wife and spend quality time with his family before starting a new career outside of Emergency Services.