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Pool contractor beaten and robbed at Holder Park

A contractor working for the City of Cairo to repair the Holder Park swimming pool was beaten and robbed at the site Sunday. One person has been arrested in the incident as the Cairo Police Department continues its investigation.
L.H. Irwin, 86, was at the park around 5:45 p.m. Sunday when he was attacked, according to Cairo Police. Irwin told police he was clearing off the passenger seat of his vehicle to give two males a ride to their home “when they started hitting him and grabbing his wallet.”
After getting the wallet, the suspects ran toward MLK Jr. Avenue Southwest, according to police.
A co-worker of Irwin’s told Cairo officers that one of the suspects had worked as a day laborer for Irwin previously.
Irwin, who suffered visible injuries to his face and head, was taken by ambulance to Grady General Hospital for treatment.
Police have not released the name of the suspect in custody as they continue to investigate the case.
Irwin, who lives in Athens, was back on the job Tuesday, according to city officials. His company, Irwin and Mahaffey Construction Company of Watkinsville, has been working to repair the city swimming pool since early June after members of surrounding neighborhoods pled with city officials to spend the money to mend the pool, contending it was a needed amenity that provided youth with a positive summer activity.
The Southwest Health District had refused to issue a permit to open the pool at the beginning of the summer, saying it was a safety hazard. Initially, city fathers were split on whether it was worth spending money on the necessary repairs since they would not be completed until weeks after local schools had closed for the summer break. However, public outcry convinced the council to proceed with the work even if it mean a shorter swim season.
Irwin and Mahaffey Construction has been working to repair a leak, replace broken tiles, and sand the pool sides and bottom of the shallow end to remove rough edges from the pool surface, which were concerns for District Health officials.
City officials say they are still hoping to open the pool in the coming days.

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