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Building a home for Christopher

Posted on June 20, 2019

It’s starting to look like a house. The Grubisa family proudly welcomed folks to view their soon- to-be home in Blythe last week. Thanks to the efforts of friends, including the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the Build a Home for Christopher project is continuing to progress. According to BCSO Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard, a total of $76,000 has been raised

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Community rallies around quadruple amputee to build new home

Posted on June 20, 2019

BURKE COUNTY, GA (WJBF) – Never give up. That’s the message one man shared from the start of his health journey when a rare case of bacterial meningitis turned him into a quadruple amputee.

With the Burke County Sheriff’s Office as the driving force, Christopher Grubisa moves closer to getting back to his normal life – with the construction of a new home, a community effort through volunteers and a Go Fund Me account. 

We first told you his story in March. Christopher Grubisa’s parents came forward then to share how their son came in contact with bacterial meningitis and lost all of his limbs.

“Don’t take everything for granted.  Hands. Feet. Don’t take them for granted,” Grubisa said in May.  And now, he’s still just as humble. “If I can make someone happy in the day, I’ve done my job.”

This part of his journey includes a cast of supporters.  Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams is one of them.  He launched the project to build Grubisa a home.  

“We’re up to $76,000.  We need another $50,000 to complete this project,” the Sheriff said. 

John Highsmith, owner of Highsmith Building Services Inc., shared with us blueprints for the home.   “It’s a little closer to the ground to make it easier to access.  The doorways are wider.  We added a little extra room in front of the toilets and in front of the vanities just to make it easier to maneuver around,” he said. 

Sheriff Alfonzo Williams assembled a group of key people at the home, still under construction, on Poole Melton Road in Blythe.  

Grubisa was there with his wife, Amber, and his parents Nick and Sandra.  He recalled the day that his life changed forever back in October 2017.

“I went to sleep one night and wasn’t supposed to wake up the next day,” he said.  “You don’t never know.”

Highsmith Building Services broke ground on the ADA home January 18, Christopher’s 33rd Birthday.

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Burke Man Arrested for Theft After Car Chase

Posted on June 20, 2019

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has a suspect in custody for a robbery that led to a car chase. On Thursday at 9:26 A.M. Burke county deputies were sent to St. Mary’s Catholic Church on the 3200 block of Stoney Bluff Road in response to a robbery.

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Burke County Sheriff’s Office learns to use anti-overdose drug

Posted on June 20, 2019

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The Burke County Sheriff’s Office will soon be trained to administer a drug used to prevent death in an opioid overdose, joining other Augusta-area agencies trying to combat this national epidemic.

Twenty-eight members of the sheriff’s office, along with others working within public safety and interested community members, began training last month to administer the nasal spray Narcan.

In 2016, the five states with the highest rates of death from drug overdoses were West Virginia (52.0 per 100,000), Ohio (39.1 per 100,000), New Hampshire (39.0 per 100,000), Pennsylvania (37.9 per 100,000) and Kentucky (33.5 per 100,000), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Deaths in Georgia reached 8.8 per 100,000 in 2016, and Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard said the office’s main goal is to stay ahead of the national epidemic. The decision came after a recent incident in which Burke County deputies were the first to arrive at a call about a suspicious person, possibly suffering from an overdose.

“So far that has not been a major problem in our county, but we just want to be ahead of the curve as much as possible,” Blanchard said.

Sheriff's Office get involved with 'Cops in the Community'

Posted on November 28, 2018

The Burke County Sheriff's Office hosted a "Cops in the Community" event on Monday, July 16, 2018, in Waynesboro, Georgia as part of their community involvement program. Adults, young adults, and children all joined the fun, fellowship, and football. The event also included great food- hotdogs, ice cream, chips, and sodas. 

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