Firefighter recognized for saving man's life

Griffin Fire-Rescue Capt. Brian Banks was recognized as the city’s Strongest Link.

Griffin Fire-Rescue Capt. Brian Banks was working off-duty May 14 at a business at the Griffin-Spalding Airport when he found a customer lying face down and unconscious.

Banks, who has been a Griffin Fire-Rescue firefighter for 16 years, immediately went into action, beginning CPR and asking others to call for help.

“I didn’t do anything that anybody else would not have done,” Banks said. “It didn’t have anything to do with what I do for a living. You see somebody in a bad situation so you do whatever you can to help.”

Banks was honored Tuesday as the city of Griffin’s Strongest Link in the Chain for May.

“He is an all-around great guy,” Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief John Hamilton said of Banks. “His actions were likely the reason the gentleman walked out of the hospital days later.”

Banks said the best decision he made that day was to ask a co-worker to get the help of the Air Life paramedics located in the hangar next door.

“If it wasn’t for them, the situation would not have turned out the same,” Banks added.

While Banks said he appreciates the recognition, he said firefighters don’t work for or ask for attention or praise.

“Firefighters don’t really ask for recognition. We don’t expect thanks from the community or from the city. We just rely on our training and do our job,” Banks added.