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Deputy says he didn't do it for honor

McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Deputy Henry Campbell says he was merely doing his job when he saved the life of a young woman who was threatening to jump off the Interstate 20 bridge at Washington Road near Thomson on Dec. 31, 2008.

The 16-year lawman, called a hero by the woman's family members, was honored with proclamations from Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and members of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners during a special ceremony before the Aug. 5 commission meeting.

Commission Chairman Charlie Newton read aloud the proclamation presented to Deputy Campbell on behalf of county commissioners.

The 49-year-old deputy, who lives near Thomson, was described by commissioners as having performed an "invaluable service" as a county employee in saving the life of the young woman, Hiawassee James, of Thomson.

The "heroic act of Deputy Campbell is a true example of his dedication and commitment," the proclamation reads.

Mr. Newton said such dedication helps to make the county a much better and safer place to live and work.

Sheriff Logan Marshall and Mr. Newton jointly presented the proclamations to Deputy Campbell, who said he plans to hang the framed writings on a wall in the living room of his home.

"I am very honored to have received these proclamations," Deputy Campbell said. "I didn't do what I did to be honored. I did what I did because it was my job."

He said that he was glad he was where he was needed that morning.

"We've all heard that saying, 'Where's a cop when you really need one?' Well, that day I was where I was needed, and that made feel good."

He said he also feels good knowing that Ms. James has gotten some medical help.

Web posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009

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