Clayton Council honored Clayton Fire Company junior member John Barkley Jr. Monday night for his lifesaving CPR on a four-year-old drowning victim last month.
Mayor Tom Horn read aloud a resolution in recognition of Barkley, who saved the boy after he was pulled from a pool and wasn't breathing. The resolution proclaimed Monday, July 8 in the Town of Clayton as John Barkley Jr. Day.
"The entire council pays tribute to John's lifesaving effort and service to this community," Horn said.
Councilman Skip Carrow took a moment to thank Barkley, who is a student at Smyrna High School.
Carrow said he was working at the 911 center when the call came in about the boy.
"I don't think most kids his age would be able to do what he did, act the way he acted," Carrow said.
What struck Carrow the most about Barkley was how humble he was following the heroic action. Carrow said the next day he was at the station talking about the lifesaving act, not realizing Barkley was the hero in the story, when Barkley nonchalantly said he was the one who performed CPR on the boy.
"If it had been me, I would tell everybody. The fact that he was so humble and wasn't seeking praise," Carrow said. "I know his parents are proud of him."
Clayton Fire Chief Robbie Johnson also spoke at the meeting, stating that most 40 or 50-year-old men wouldn't have been able to keep their composure in such a situation. Sometimes it seems like the junior members aren't paying attention and then something like Barkley's lifesaving action happens.
"We're really proud of him," Johnson said.
Permits needed for pools
Town Foreman Jeff Hurlock informed council of some issues the town is having with residents not getting permits for pools.
Hurlock said a bunch of people have been putting up rubber swimming pools without the proper permit.
"Any pool bigger than 24 inches [in depth] requires a permit," Hurlock said.
Council thanks police, public works
Members of council thanked both the Clayton Police Department and the Public Works Department for their work during the July 4th festivities last week.
Councilman Alex Dias thanked Police Chief Brian Hill and his officers for helping to move traffic following the fireworks Thursday night.
Carrow thanked Hill and Hurlock on behalf of the Smyrna-Clayton July 4th Association for the help their departments provided for the parade.
"This is one of the biggest crowds we've had in a while," Carrow said. "None of this would be possible without these two guys and their men. Thank you for everything you did."
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