It’s a great place where we live in here in Jasper Pickens County GA! and the people here who make it great. I’m proud to know Britt Massey and what he stands for. I hope when you see Britt and his family around Jasper Pickens County, you’ll stop and tell him Congrats on his Bravery!!!
Andrew H. Kalin, Britt T. Massey and Daniel Rush – Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office & Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office
2014 Governor’s Public Safety Awards
On June 6, 2014 Deputy First Class Daniel Rush was working his assigned post of front door screening at the Forsyth County Courthouse. While conducting a perimeter check, DFC Rush was approached from behind by a motor vehicle. The vehicle had left the roadway and was driving up the sidewalk and toward the steps of the Forsyth County Courthouse. Instinctively, DFC Rush approached the vehicle with his weapon drawn and prevented the vehicle from crashing into the courthouse. In the events that followed, DFC Rush was shot in the leg by the suspect. DFC Rush was able to seek cover and continued to contain the suspect until additional deputies arrived. Investigators Andy Kalin and Britt Massey were alerted to an active armed assault at the front steps of the courthouse. They were in the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office, located on the second floor of the courthouse. Not knowing any specific details and without hesitation, Investigators Kalin and Massey took action. First, they informed co-workers of what was happening and directed them to stay in place. They then ran down the stairs, armed only with their service weapons and badges, with the intention of engaging the threat with deadly force. Their swift response to protect others by warning of the potential danger and advising people to stay put most assuredly would have saved lives if the gunman had breached the interior of the courthouse. Once outside, the men ran immediately to the front of the courthouse and found Forsyth County Deputy Rush lying on the ground immobilized. Deputy Rush was suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg that he had received from Dennis Marx’s assault rifle. While the assailant set off grenades and deputies exchanged gunfire with him, Investigator Kalin rendered aid, using his belt as a tourniquet. Investigator Massey provided cover for both men, with his service weapon. In the line of fire and exposed to the assailant, they immediately carried Deputy Rush to a safer location on the side of the building until the threat was eliminated, preventing further injury to the deputy.
Tonight we get to honor our hometown hero, Britt Massey…Thank You Britt for all you do and have done to protect citizens in the North Georgia area.