Savanna Garrett and Samantha Baker each received a check for $2,500 as a reward for information that led to a conviction in a house fire on Jan. 3, 2006. The girls, neighbors, were 11 years old at the time.
Aragon Police Chief Wayne Sanders said the girls noticed a fire at another house in their neighborhood and attempted to warn the occupant. However, the occupant ignored them and continued to load her car with suitcases and other possessions, and then proceeded to leave the scene.
When fire fighters arrived, the girls gave statements to Aragon police and fire investigators.
Sanders said the girls' statements contributed to the eventual confession and conviction in the case. The house sustained about $10,000 in damage and the occupant was sentenced to 20 years of probation.
On hand to present the checks and certificates of appreciation were State Fire Marshal Alan R. Shuman and arson consultant Bud Ausborn, of Georgia Arson Control. Aragon and Rockmart fire fighters also were on hand along with Polk Schools Superintendent Marvin Williams and other school officials.