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Knife Rights Honors Young Georgia Hero

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Critter, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    [Post in General approved by Spark]

    L-R: Doug Ritter, Logan Simmons and Alan Romania – Logan holding the knife he used to save the child.

    (Click photos and links for higher resolution images – Photo Credit: Dirk Loots)

    Yesterday in the Flowery Branch, Georgia, Chick-Fil-A where on June 25th nineteen-year-old Logan Simmons saved a six-year-old child choking in his seatbelt, Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter presented Logan with Knife Rights’ Carry a Knife – Save a Life™ Award in recognition of the young hero’s quick thinking and forethought to have a pocket knife handy. Climbing through the drive-in window, Simmons pulled out his pocket knife and cut the boy free, saving his life

    Ritter said, “Logan Simmon’s action to save a young child’s life is a dramatic testimony to the value of always carrying a knife. You never know when your knife will be the difference between life and death; these situations cannot be foreseen, as Logan discovered.”

    “There are still places in America where the pocket knife Logan used would be illegal to carry. Knife Rights is committed to ensuring that law-abiding Americans can carry whatever knife they want to be prepared for whatever challenges they may have to meet without irrational restrictions that do nothing to stop criminal activity,” Ritter concluded.

    The Knife Right’s Carry a Knife – Save a Life™ Award honors an individual who has used their Every Day Carry knife to save a life, demonstrating the practical advantages to always carrying a knife in order to be prepared for situations when a knife is invaluable, up to and including saving lives.

    Knife Rights Board Member Alan Romania, a first responder who participated in the award presentation, said, “In a society where most are content to be a spectator with a video camera when someone is in trouble, Logan chose to be something more. When he witnessed an emergency he was prepared with his every day carry knife. He had the right tool that day because he had the mindset to be prepared.”

    Logan Simmons said, “I am honored to receive this award from Knife Rights. I was pleased to find out there was an organization standing up for knife owners.”

    In addition to an award plaque, Knife Rights’ knife industry friends donated over $5,000 in Every Day Carry knives for Logan, including one-hand opening folders, automatic knives and fixed blades, all legal for him to carry in Georgia. The donors each donated two knives, one for SHOW and one for GO. One for display, one Logan can carry.

    In addition, Logan was presented with a Life Membership in Knife Rights, a certificate inviting him to be Knife Rights’ and BLADE Magazine’s VIP Guest at next year’s BLADE Show, the largest knife show in the world held June 5-7, 2020, at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, and a certificate from W.A. Surls Knives and Pop’s Knife Supply of Braselton, Georgia, for a Two-Day Knifemaking Experience where Logan will make his own custom knife from scratch with supplies provided by Pop’s.

    Companies who donated knives were: Artisan Cutlery, Bear & Son Cutlery, Brian Tighe & Friends, Doug Ritter/Knifeworks, ESEE Knives, Fiddleback Forge, Hogue Knives, KA-BAR Knives, Kizer Cutlery, Krudo Knives, Pro-Tech Knives, Rikeknife, Schrade, Spyderco, SOG Specialty Knives & Tools, Spartan Knives, Tops Knives and White River Knife & Tool. Knifeworks donated laser engraving on a number of the knives.

    Logan’s mother, Teri Simmons, was also presented with a number of pocket knives, recognizing that mothers make a difference. Logan’s co-workers at Chick-Fil-A also got pocket knives for them to carry.

    Knife Rights’ and its supporters and followers are also contributing a minimum of $500 to the Logan Simmons Car Fund GoFundMe campaign to allow Logan to buy a car and enjoy the independence that comes with not having to rely on his mom, siblings and friends for transportation. After receiving news that a local Toyota dealer has just donated a car, the funds will go towards insurance and gas.

    Also attending the award ceremony was Sen. Bill Heath, Knife Rights’ Georgia bills sponsor, and Sen. Butch Miller, representing the Chick-Fil-A’s district.

    Knife Rights would like to acknowledge Chick-Fil-A operator Frank Harney and his son Tyler for their welcoming hospitality and their support for this Carry a Knife – Save a Life™ award presentation.

    Knife Rights (www.KnifeRights.org) is America’s grassroots knife owners advocacy organization, forging a Sharper Future™ for all knife owners by Rewriting Knife Law in America™. Knife Rights efforts have resulted in 31 bills enacted repealing knife bans in 22 states and over one hundred cities and towns since 2010.

    Two of those bills enacted were in Georgia. In 2012 Knife Rights’ signature Knife Law Preemption bill was enacted voiding dozens of local knife restrictions including Atlanta’s, host of the BLADE Show, the largest knife show in the world, protecting attendees and exhibitors and preventing any future local restrictions more restrictive than state law. Preemption ensures everyone can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state. In 2017 the legal carry blade length of a knife without a CCW was increased from 5 inches to 12 inches.

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    Last edited: Jul 25, 2019
  2. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Just awesome!
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  3. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    That kid has a better knife collection than me now, haha. I really like how the companies each donated two knives, as you said one for show, one to go. That was a great decision.
  4. golden_dragon

    golden_dragon Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Great news for the community here.
    Just wondering, why doesn't someone give him a rescue knife?:D
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2019
  5. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Basic Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018

    That is seriously awesome.
  6. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp I support the 3rd amendment! Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    That Schrade cracks me up. Standing out like a Chevette at Pebble Beach. Schrade's that guy that brings a vending machine size bag of potato chips to the church pot luck.

    That aside, very cool of Knife Rights to make this happen. I'm sure he's stoked. Some real gems in that case and the Schrade, despite being under dressed for the occasion, actually makes for a decent beater.
    Minirehak212 likes this.
  7. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Great for him!:thumbsup:
  8. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    WHAT CAR WAS DONATED!?!? I need to know. :D (Since it said "his dream car" on the GoFundMe) And awesome job all around, good deeds should get rewarded more often.
  9. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    Thank you @Critter.
    This was truly worth recognition and a good opportunity for positive publicity for knife ownership.

    Well done.
  10. tyyreaun

    tyyreaun Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 26, 2017
    b00n likes this.
  11. soc_monki


    Apr 5, 2019
    Wow! Nice to see that his good deed was rewarded! Hopefully it helps people realize how handy having a knife is, even if you just need it to open a package now and again, you never know if you'll need it to save a life one day!
  12. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    It sure looks like a fairy tale ending for georgia's #1 knife hero.
    Its wonderful to see him rewarded for
    stepping up when his moment came.
    Hopefully, he would find the time to
    someday participate in these forums
    if he hasn't already done so...
  13. Thunder47

    Thunder47 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2007
    It says a lot about that young man and his upbringing, and to me it says a lot about the quality of who Chick-fil-A hires. Congrats young man, job well done.
    DocJD likes this.
  14. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003
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  15. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    To folks who don't carry...
    just take a good hard look :)
  16. braillediver

    braillediver Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Awesome story in every way.
  17. soc_monki


    Apr 5, 2019
    Everyone should carry. I didn't for the longest, now I don't know what I'd do without a knife! Me and the wife went to a little country store yesterday and had sandwiches, and if I wouldn't have had my para 3, she would have had trouble eating because the buns were so big! I had to cut hers on half lol!

    I keep telling her I'm going to get her a knife of her own, something like a ladybug or dragonfly (in purple, her favorite color) but she doesn't see the need, and tends to always cut herself. She can be rather clumsy, but I love her anyway!
    GIRLYmann likes this.
  18. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I think the kid made out real well!
  19. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Nice collection. Congratulations!
  20. billym


    Jan 8, 2006
    Nice story thanks for sharing Doug.

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