Bryant Collins gained national attention for rescuing a baby on the side of Hwy. 72 in Madison County June 6.
On Monday, Collins was presented with a plaque by county commissioners and received a standing ovation for helping keep the 15-month-old girl, who wandered away from her home, safe from harm.
Collins didn’t make any speech in front of the BOC crowd Monday, but county commission chairman Anthony Dove offered some words of appreciation for Collins. He noted that Collins, who served prison time on drug charges, has had some hard times, but he said he hoped the incident will help him stay on a good path.
“When I called Bryant to ask him to come up here, he said I know where it’s at, but not from good times,” said Dove. “But this is a good night. I think about all the things that had to happen for Bryant to be on that road that day, all the things you went through in your life.”
Dove said he believed the incident was “divine intervention.”
“I know that it’s going to make a difference in your life,” said Dove to Collins. “I know it certainly made a difference in that little child’s life. I want to tell you how much this county really appreciates what you did. And I don’t know what the good Lord has in store for the rest of your life and the rest of your family’s life. And I don’t know what’s in store for that young child’s life. But I can tell you, that he’s with you.”
The plaque to Collins recognizes him for an “outstanding act of citizenship” in “rescuing from harm’s way a child crawling alongside Hwy. 72 in Carlton, Georgia on June 6, 2013.”