Rutledge honored as information officer

Capt. Thomas Rutledge of the Gwinnett Fire Department was awarded the Public Information Officer Award at the annual Life and Fire Safety Awards program in Atlanta recently.

Rutledge began with Gwinnett County in 1987 as a communications officer in the police department. He transitioned to the Fire and Emergency Services Department in 1991. For the past six years, Rutledge has served as the department’s Public Information Officer. He was credited for organizing the countywide public information response team during the recent flood disasters in September.