A former Atlanta firefighter died at Tallulah Gorge State Park after trying to save someone who was struggling in the water, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Tavaris Slade, 38, jumped into the water to rescue a child who was having difficulty in the water. It’s unclear what happened next, but he ended up under the water for over 5 minutes. He was pulled out of the water and revived after rescue breathing, but died shortly thereafter before being transported to the hospital. The child was unhurt.
It turns out that Slade was used to saving people. He had been an Atlanta firefighter for several years before an accident on the job back in 2015. In that incident, he had broken a foot and fractured his vertebrae after a fall. It’s unclear whether he was officially no longer with the department, but he did not return to work. Slade, originally from Savanna, was also a U.S. Army veteran. A former co-worker with the fire department described Slade as someone who could “always make you laugh.” He leaves behind a 13-year-old son. His son was there when his father jumped in the water to help out another person, but it’s not been released whether it was his son he was rescuing.
Slade’s mother, Jacqueline Calhoun, thinks that Tallulah Gorge Park should be closed. “I don’t want anybody else to die,” she further stated that she didn’t want any other mother to have to be in her shoes. It should be noted that accidents at the Gorge do not seem to be a regular occurrence.
While it’s unclear what caused Slade to go underwater, there are ways to be safe in the water, especially at swimming holes that are unmonitored and unsigned. First off, roughhousing is always a dangerous activity. There are too many ways that someone could get hurt, either from getting knocked unconscious and falling into the water, or slipping on rocks, or even falling off of someone’s shoulder who is carrying them. Do not jump into the water unless you know for sure how deep it is. Many spots around watering holes look like they are very deep if you judge the color of the water, but they may turn out to be more shallow than expected. Lastly, always be mindful of those around you, especially children. It doesn’t take much to knock an unexpecting bystander into the water, and it could have fatal consequences.
Accidents happen all the time. Some are more serious than others, and sometimes people get hurt or worse. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, make sure to seek medical attention right away. First off, an injury that might seem minor could end up being worse than you thought. Plus, if you end up filing a claim against someone who was negligent, you’ll need a report on your injuries. Make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta to help you with your claim.They know the law inside and out, and can help you be successful.

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