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Fire Chiefs say ‘leave the 9-1-1 Board alone’

Iroquois County fire chiefs are on record, telling the Iroquois County Board not to reduce the size of the 9-1-1 governing board.

A letter to county board members finds the fire chiefs standing behind the size of the 12-member board and 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble. The fire chiefs insist, the county board is being misinformed about the operations and the director.

The fire chiefs and other emergency responders take exception, in that the decision-makers aren't talking to those who make the system work. The emergency family encourages county board members to talk to the coordinator, talk to 9-1-1 board members, and talk to the fire chiefs before voting to reduce the size of the 9-1-1 board. The fire chiefs would appreciate an informed decision.

Reducing the size of the 9-1-1 Board, emergency responders say, woule mean a loss of expert input.  The board make-up allows for expertise communication from several disciplines. Decreasing the board would limit the expertise. and be a great detriment to emergency communications.

The fire chiefs, police personnel and ambulance personnel also say 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble has done a great job overseeing the service. The letter to the county board membewrs says Dubble has maintained and updated equipment when needed and does an excellent job keeping emergency response agencies informed about changes affecting operations.  The fire chiefs letter also states Dubble has done a great job with personnel and the dispatch center.

The fire chiefs insist the size of the 9-1-1 Board needs to be kept at its current 12 members. The misinformation, the letter states, is misguided and misinforming the decision-makers.

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Combines sweep 1,000 acres to help Schaumburg family

WATSEKA -- Sixteen combines and some 100 area farmers and friends came to the aid of an Iroquois County farm family Saturday.

It was just another familiar act of what farm families do to help each other.

And friends of the Clint and Jolyn Schaumburg family can't say 'Thank You' enough.

It was a farm community stepping up.

"It was just outstanding. The farm community really came together," Alissa Stevens, a friend of the family said. "They cleaned up the field in just a few hours. This is what Clint and Jolynn would do for anyone."

Farm combines and wagons brought in the grain for the stricken-family that has much more important things to deal with right now.

Clint & Jolyn's son, Hayden, remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Loyola Medical Center. Hayden suffered a broken neck in a recent high school football game (Oct 17). The 16-year-old is recovering. While the family is occupied with medical concerns, the farm community's playbook took control. The equipment and players lined up in formation (Saturday) at 7 am. And by 3 pm the field was cleared.

Shawn Peters, a friend of the Schaumburg family, said the rush was on; no one was going to stop this group from reaching the goal line.

"These guys picked between 900 and 1000 acres. It was just amazing," Peters told WGFA News.

And the "Prayers for Hayden" support group has expanded well beyond the local Watseka community. Schools from all over, from Central, Iroquois West, Milford and Manteno, PBL and even St. Joe-Ogden and Tuscola have pooled donations from 50/50 raffles and extended the donations to the Schaumburg family.

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Jasper County, IN crash injures Renssselaer man

A wrong-way driver on I-65 in Jasper County, Indiana left a Rensselaer man seriously injured Saturday night.

42-year-old Brian Bohlke suffered serious internal injuries when his vehicle was hit head-on. The other driver, 55-year-old Luis Aminto Alicea of Valparaiso, was heading north in the southbound lanes of I-65, according to Indiana State Police at Lowell.

The accident happened just after 11:30 pm, about three miles north of the Fair Oaks exit.
Bohlke was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer. Two children in his vehicle were also taken to the hospital as a precaution for treatment. Police reported Alicea was also taken to Jasper County Hospital.

Both driver face charges. An arrest is pending against Bohlke for possession of of less than 30 grams of marijuana. Charges are also pending for Alicea for being under the influence of both alcohol and narcotics.


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Victims of 1994 Roselawn Plane Crash Honored

(Roselawn, IN) -- Families of victims killed in an Indiana air tragedy are providing a special memorial. They gathered Thursday in Roselawn on the 20th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 68 people. The plane went down in a Roselawn field while enroute from Indianapolis to Chicago. Relatives of the victims have dedicated a new memorial wall. {Metro News}

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Vigil remembers Pontiac Police Office Kohlmeier

A vigil Thursday evening in Pontiac remembered fallen police officer Casey Kohlmeier. The late-Pontiac officer and his canine partner died last year when they were hit by a drunk driver.

Kohlmeier and his police dog were killed when the police cruiser they were in was slammed by a drunk driver while parked along I-55.

It was a year ago last night (Thurs) when the accident happened. A candlelight vigil was held last night at the Pontiac Police Department.

94.1 WGFA