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UGA students honored after saving lives in Burke County car accident

Sardis Police Department

First-year students Clarke Jones, Eleanor Cart, Jane McArdle, Kaitlyn Iannace (In-a-cee), and Molly McCollum were presented with a proclamation from the University of Georgia for their response to a car veering into Briar Creek in Sardis, Georgia.

The five students were traveling to Savannah when they witnessed the car, containing a woman and two children, crash into the water. After turning around, two students jumped into the water to pull out the occupants, while others communicated with emergency responders.

Jones performed CPR on one of the children who was unresponsive at the time of the crash.

Along with UGA’s proclamation, the Sardis Police Department released a statement, that the five students were the “primary factor” in ensuring that the car’s occupants got out of the vehicle.

UGA President Jere W. Morehead, along with the Dean of Students, Eric Atkinson, and Assistant to the President, Rod Guajardo, presented the award to the students.

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