Dr. Paul R. “Rand” Dotson was honored today as Mayor Randy Foley proclaimed December 29, 2009 “Rand Dotson Day” in the City of Salem
Dr. Dotson, who is the son of Paul and Carol Dotson of Salem, awoke in the early morning hours of December 11 when he heard a crackling noise at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It turned out that noise was the start of a destructive fire that gutted the 91-year-old renovated duplex building in which he lived.
Dr. Dotson’s quick reaction to the emergency saved several lives, as he was able to not only get himself and his pet to safety, but he also saved 5 of his neighbors.
Because of these acts of selflessness and bravery he is celebrated today by having December 29, 2009 named in his honor.
Dr. Dotson is a graduate of Salem High School, Roanoke College, Virginia Tech and L.S.U. He makes his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dr. Paul “Rand” Dotson with Mayor Randy Foley
Paul Dotson, “Rand” Dotson, Mayor Foley, Carol Dotson (Back)
Rand’s nephew Hayden (Front)
Submitted by Mike Stevens, City of Salem Communications Director.