At last night’s meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, presented a Citizen Life Saving Award to Mr. Izzy Davila.
On February 2nd of this year, Mr. Davila launched his boat from Victoria Landing for an afternoon of fishing on Lake Allatoona. Mr. Davila’s plans would be changed as he approached an area on the lake where he noticed a boat driving in circles and realizing no one was on board. As he moved closer, he noticed another boat had been capsized. It was at this point he realized there had been a boating accident. He immediately attempted to call 911 and was unsuccessful at which time he phone his wife, Judy, to call 911 for help. Mr. Davila searched the area for 15 minutes and decided to town the capsized boat to the shoreline. As he was moving around the boat, he heard a voice calling for help, but he couldn’t see anyone. As he rounded to the end of the boat, he saw a man with only his face visible and holding on to the capsized boat begging for help and saying “he couldn’t hold on any longer.” Mr. Davila realized that he was not able to pull the man out of the water. Davila gave the man his floatation device and tied it to the man to keep him up and out of the water and then tied him to the boat. He eventually pulled the man to the shoreline until his feet would touch bottom. Another boater volunteered to take the man back to Little River Marina for medical treatment.
The Cherokee County 911 Center finally contacted Mr. Davila who then gave them accurate directions to the location of the boating accident.
Unfortunately, there were two boaters that didn’t survive the accident that day. The water temperature was approximately 55 degrees which is extremely dangerous for human survival if exposed for even short periods of time.
Chief Prather told the commissioners and those attending that this is the first Citizen Life Saving Award that he has presented since being chief. Chief Prather presented Mr. Davila with a plaque and said, “He saved a life that cold day in February on Lake Allatoona. For this, I think it is only appropriate that Mr. Davila should be recognized for his heroic efforts.”