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Thank you to EMTs

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at 1:05 PM

Often times, it seems as if the duties performed by emergency personnel are often overlooked or forgotten. Growing up with emergency personnel in my family (my mother was an EMT and a volunteer firefighter and my cousin was an EMT and is still a volunteer firefighter), I had more of an in-depth look into what those folks really do.

I'd venture to say that with the recent rescue of a farmer near Jasonville, the work performed by emergency personnel has become a little more recognized and appreciated.

Last week, Mike Lacy -- a 2001 graduate of my alma mater Shakamak High School -- was rescued from a grain bin. The four-hour rescue to remove Lacy from the grain bin involved several police officers, firefighters, emergency responders and farmers.

I know my heart sank when I first learned of Lacy's entrapment in the grain bin. Knowing how dangerous rescues are from grain bins added with the knowledge that many don't survive after being trapped in one, I feared I'd lost a friend I'd had since my high school day.

But, thanks for the efforts of the emergency workers and the farmers, Lacy was rescued.

I'd personally like to extend a big thank you to all emergency workers -- EMTs, firefighters, police officers, first responders ... the work you do is amazing. Thank you for your service.

On another note, I'd like to wish Ron Bush a very happy retirement. Bush is nearing the end of his days as superintendent at Linton-Stockton.

Nearly 10 years ago, I walked across a stage in the Shakamak High School gymnasium and was handed my high school diploma by none other than Mr. Ron Bush. Bush spent a couple of years as superintendent at Shakamak, one of which was my senior year.

When I started working at the newspaper and was assigned to cover meetings of the Linton-Stockton Board of School Trustees, I once again crossed paths with Mr. Bush. I was thrilled to see a familiar face at my new meeting.

I have to credit Bush for what knowledge I have of school budgets. I remember spending an hour or so in his office one day as he explained school budgets. The knowledge I received from him that day was very helpful to me and I really appreciated his willingness to sit down and explain things to me.

He's a tremendous person and I know he'll be missed at Linton-Stockton, but I'm confident his replacement, Nick Karazsia, will do an excellent job.

So, congratulations on your retirement, Mr. Bush and best of luck to Mr. Karazsia is his new position.

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....10 years ago you walked across the stage and was handed your diploma. You are showing your age Mrs. Franklin! ;o))))

-- Posted by ab47438 on Wed, Dec 30, 2009, at 8:40 AM

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