2018-07-05 / Front Page

Sweat shows his gratitude to EMTs, First Responders

It’s a well-known fact that peo­ple get very few compliments for doing a job well. However, there is one visitor to Lincolnton that not only compliments the people that saved his life, he plans to do it on an annual basis.

Richard Sweat, also known in the area as “Cookie,” with the help of other members of the Killin’ Time Sportsman Club, recently held the Lincoln County First Responders Appreciation Day.

“On August 6, 2016, I had a mas­sive heart attack while working on the cabin at a previous hunting camp on Prater Road. Had it not been for the expertise and diligence of the Lincoln County EMT’s, I would not be here to write this let­ter. I, with the support of the mem­bers of Killin’ Time Sportsman Club, are intent on starting an an­nual tradition,” wrote Sweat.

The lunch was held on Bethany Church Road at the club’s new hunting site and was given not only to give back to the men that kept him alive that day, but was also open to the public in order for them to meet their own Lincoln County EMT’s and First Responders.

During a brief telephone call, Sweat expressed disappointment that only 108 people showed up, al­though there were many plates tak­en back to those who had to work and could not attend. There was also live country music. He wants more people to come, to have a good time, and thank these very important members of the com­munity. He also expressed grati­tude to the members of the Killin’ Time Sportsman Club, who fully participated in the coordination of this event.

Sweat, who hails from Flowery Branch, Georgia, had already had several heart attacks. Working on the old campground that day, he was alone, with no cell signal. A friend came by, realizing what was hap­pening, and ran to higher ground to call 911. “It seemed like they were there in literally two minutes. They kept me alive until we reached the hospital in Augusta,” he said.

He hopes there will be a bigger crowd next year, and is already planning to move it up to April, during a cooler time of the year.

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