COVINGTON -- State Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, was honored as legislator of the year by the Georgia State Firefighters Association and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs at the Covington Fire Department's Alcovy Road station Tuesday morning.
Representatives from both organizations were on hand, along with Fire Chief Don Floyd and local firefighters.
Cartersville Fire Chief Scott Carter, president of the Georgia State Firefighters Association, said Douglas has been a champion for public safety.
"He's been helping us put out fires in Atlanta," Carter said. "If he believed in what we were doing, he was a champion for that issue."
One such issue on which Douglas backed firefighters was opposition to House Bill 1196, which prohibited the state and local fire chiefs from requiring that fire sprinklers be installed in residential buildings. The bill ultimately passed because, Douglas said, lawmakers thought they knew better than the fire chiefs.
"This is just a tremendous honor to be recognized like this. I appreciate it," Douglas said.
Though he lost his bid for Public Service commissioner this year, Douglas said he plans to re-enter the political realm again soon.
"I'm not going to fade away. I've been bitten by the political bug too badly," he said. In the meantime, Douglas will teach a course on Georgia politics at Georgia Perimeter College beginning in January.