Kennesaw State police officers honored for saving life of Cobb County sheriff’s deputy

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 22‚ 2007) — Two Kennesaw State University police officers were honored Tuesday…

Georgia (May 22, 2007) — Kennesaw State police officers honored for saving life of Cobb County sheriff’s deputy

Jeremy Craig


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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 22‚ 2007) — Two Kennesaw State University police officers were honored Tuesday for coming to the aid of a fellow law enforcement officer in dire medical need last autumn.

Officers Matthew Fisher and Mary Forman were honored at the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day luncheon of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of ASIS International‚ held at Cobb Galleria Center.

For their actions this past fall‚ Fisher was named as the recipient of the George Davis Memorial Award‚ honoring the organization’s police officer of the year. Forman was given an honorable mention.

“I am really honored to receive this award‚ but this is something that any of us would have done on any given day‚” Fisher said.

On Sept. 27‚ 2006‚ an off−duty Cobb County sheriff’s deputy who was driving in a parking lot on the eastern part of the KSU campus suffered a critical drop in his blood sugar level‚ causing him to become unresponsive.

His vehicle struck five other vehicles in the parking lot‚ and remained in gear. Forman ordered Fisher to break a passenger−side window of the deputy’s vehicle‚ and Fisher entered — while the vehicle was still in motion — placing himself at risk of serious injury.

Fisher put the vehicle in park and turned off the ignition‚ after which Forman attempted to administer first aid. Cobb Fire and Rescue arrived shortly thereafter to respond to the emergency‚ and advised KSU officers that the deputy’s blood sugar was at a dangerously low reading of 20.

If the KSU officers had not come to the aid of the Cobb County deputy when they did‚ the deputy might have died‚ said Kemper Anderson‚ assistant director of the KSU Department of Public Safety.

Only after the emergency had ended did the officers realize that they themselves were injured: Fisher suffered numerous cuts to his arms from broken glass‚ as did Forman’s hands.

Fisher has served as a KSU public safety officer since August 2005. Forman joined the department in 2000 as a dispatcher‚ and became a public safety officer with KSU in 2002.

Kennesaw State University’s police department fields a fully−certified‚ well−trained force of 26 sworn officers.

ASIS International is a preeminent international organization for professionals responsible for security‚ including managers and directors of security. In addition‚ corporate executives and other management personnel‚ as well as consultants‚ architects‚ attorneys‚ and federal‚ state‚ and local law enforcement‚ work with ASIS to better understand the constant changes in security issues and solutions.

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For more information about Tuesday’s awards‚ please contact the writer of this news release.

Publication−quality photos are available of Fisher and Forman receiving the award at and

Each officer is pictured with Anne Gibbons‚ chair of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day with the Greater Atlanta Chapter of ASIS International. Please credit Steve Thackston‚ Kennesaw State University.


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.



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