Opinion

December 1, 2013

Guild event honors local heroes

When we were younger, many of us played at being Batman or Superman or Captain Marvel. These caped comic book superheroes inspired many of us.

But as we grew older, we began to realize that heroes weren’t to be found only in the pages of comics or in adventure novels. There are real, living heroes all around us. And, as photographer Brandon Cawood notes, most of them don’t wear capes.

Cawood set out to document and celebrate these real-life heroes, local firefighters and law enforcement officers and other emergency responders. These are the people who help others in some of the most difficult moments of their lives, often at great risk to themselves.

Among the men and women Cawood has singled out are members of the Dalton Fire Department, the Dalton Police Department, the Varnell Police Department’s K9 Unit, the Georgia State Patrol SWAT unit, the Georgia State Patrol’s dive team, Erlanger Medical Center’s LifeForce air ambulance, the Whitfield County 911 Center, the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton Medical Center’s emergency room and Whitfield County Emergency Medical Services.

The public will get its first chance to see these images on Friday during the Creative Arts Guild’s First Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The event itself is free and open to the public. But there will be a silent auction on canvases of the images, and 2014 calendars that feature the images will be sold for $10 apiece. The proceeds will go to fund the Guild’s scholarship programs.

The evening presents the perfect opportunity to honor some of this area’s finest men and women, to socialize with friends and neighbors, and to help some very worthy students pursue their studies in art, music and dance.

If you have the time, definitely check it out.

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