The 2020 Silent Hero Awards will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the Georgia Aquarium Oceans Ballroom. The Silent Hero Awards recognizes firefighters who make a difference in metropolitan Atlanta communities through their commitment and dedication.

The Ronnie Thames Foundation is a non-profit organization that is committed to helping children and their families when their lives have been forever changed by fire.

Shriners Hospital

Since Shriners Hospitals for children entered the burn care field, the survival rate for children with burns over more than 50 percent of their body surface has doubled.

In addition, patients with burns over 90 percent can survive, and go on to lead full, productive lives. The Ronnie Thames Foundation is a supporter of the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Since 1999, an average of 496 children ages 14 and under have died each year due to unintentional fire or burn-related injury.

Approximately 85 percent of fire-related deaths occur in homes. Every year, more than 400 children under the age of 10 die in fire homes

An Average of 12 children ages 14 and under die from scald burn injuries each year. Children ages 4 and under account for nearly all of these deaths.

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Teamwork

Teamwork in the fire industry begins before the bell. Teamwork is essential in this industry. Although eerily similar in so many ways, and mostly trained in the same way, the mix of strengths and weaknesses come together in an emergency. From the strong and silent type to the outgoing leaders, working together, they become a well-oiled machine.

This machine mentality was critical on the night of September 16th 2016, almost a year ago now, when this team of firefighters arrived to encounter a working house fire and heat conditions AND reports of children trapped inside.

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