From WRGA: Rome Police Capt. Rusty Blair was honored by Rome city commissioners during Monday’s meeting following his being named the department’s Officer of the year.
Last May, he was named the Officer of the Month for his actions in apprehending a murder suspect. On May 17, a lookout was placed on a man who had been recently released from prison. The man was wanted for a murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on two individuals in Bartow County. Information received by law enforcement indicated the suspect was possibly heading to Rome to commit a similar act.
An anonymous call to 911 reported a man matching the description of the suspect was seen on foot in the area of East 19th Street and Flannery Street. Blair, while working for the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority, responded to the area and found the suspect near the Ledbetter Interchange. He was taken into custody without incident.
Blair joined the Rome Police Department in 1996 and served in Field Operations, Selective Enforcement as a motorcycle officer, and the Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force. He was promoted to sergeant in 2013 where he served as a patrol sergeant and also served in the training division. Another promotion came in 2015 and Blair served as a patrol lieutenant and interim training director. In 2016, he was promoted to captain and currently serves as training director.
“He is one of our best,” said Chief Denise Downer-McKinney said during Monday’s commission meeting.
Blair said he couldn’t say enough good things about the police department. “I’ve been given a lot of opportunities since I have been there,” he said. “I’m very appreciative of the command staff that we have. They do a good job each and every day, and I there are so many men and women that I work with that are probably more so deserving of this award than I am. But I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity.”
Trooper First Class Jeremy Battle honored with agency’s Lifesaving Award: According to a media release:
On June 3, 2018, TFC Jeremy A. Battle was on patrol in Floyd County and received a call regarding a shooting that had occurred at 1000 Martha Berry Highway. TFC Battle was the first officer to arrive at the scene. Upon arrival, he located a male subject laying on the ground who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the right thigh. Although the location of the shooter was unknown and a large crowd was gathering at the scene, Battle kept his composure while administering first aid. Battle applied a tourniquet to the subject’s right leg to control the bleeding. Shortly after, EMS arrived on scene and transported the subject to the Floyd Medical Center. The attending physician in the emergency room stated there was no doubt that the subject would have perished if not for the actions of TFC Battle.”