Cherokee County Fire
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Cherokee County Fire Goes Hollywood

November 10, 2020

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services has gone Hollywood and will be appearing in a motion picture that is being released today called Charlie’s Christmas Wish.

The movie is about a soldier, Sgt. Major John Frost, who is discharged and sent home, arrives a month early and he’s happy to be home for Christmas.  He finds his wife, Jill, and son, Jimmy, are too busy to give him the welcome he anticipated.  Plus, in his absence, they have adopted a dog – a little dog named Charlie.  John finds solace with fellow vets at the Moose Lodge until Charlie finds Hank, a retired Vietnam veteran who is homeless and suffered a heart attack.  John finds his purpose as he rallies friends, family and the community to build a new house for the vets and give them a warm Christmas Eve and a new start on civilian life.

The film features two Cherokee County firefighters, David Jones and Nicholas Van Wheele, who are dispatched by ambulance to pick up Hank (Vernon Wells) when he has his heart attack and take him to a hospital. Tim Cavender, Public Information Officer for Cherokee County Fire, also appears in the movie as Santa Claus.  Tim, who was inducted in 2014 into the International Santa Claus Hall of Fame, is celebrating his 48th year of being Santa.

The film stars Aiden Turner (Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD), Toni Hudson, Vernon G. Wells, Walker Mintz, Richard Tyson, Lindsay Bloom, Diane Ladd (Christmas Vacation) and John O’Hurley (Seinfeld) as the “Voice” of God.

The Lionsgate movie is rated PG and is also approved by the Dove Foundation whose mission is to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment.  The majority of the movie was filmed in Cherokee and Gilmer counties.  Plus, viewers will see numerous shots from Canton and Ball Ground.

Charlie’ Christmas Wish will be available on DVD at most retail stores (Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buys, Barnes and Noble).  It will also be available on On Demand and digital, too.

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Tim Cavender as Santa Claus as he stands in front of the camera during the filming of Charlie's Christmas Wish.
Tim Cavender as Santa Claus as he stands in front of the camera during the filming of Charlie's Christmas Wish. (click image for slideshow)
Cherokee County firefighter, David Jones (right), helps a homeless veteran who has a heart attack.
Cherokee County firefighter, David Jones (right), helps a homeless veteran who has a heart attack.
Vernon Wells and Walker Mintz go over the script at R & M Hoagie Shop in Canton.
Vernon Wells and Walker Mintz go over the script at R & M Hoagie Shop in Canton.
Santa (Tim Cavender) hands out candy canes at the end of the movie.
Santa (Tim Cavender) hands out candy canes at the end of the movie.
Charlie's Christmas Wish in now available on DVD.
Charlie's Christmas Wish in now available on DVD.