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Brown, Lebeck recognized for Iroquois County 9-1-1 service

Danforth Fire Chief Jason Brown and Watseka Police Chief Roger Lebeck are being praised for their knowledge and leadership in serving the Iroquois County 9-1-1 Board.  Both men are retiring from the local Emergency Telephone System Board (911).  

Brown has served on the board of directors since January 2010.  Lebeck has served since January 2004.  9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble states, 'both will be greatly missed.' 

Brown has provided fire knowledge and communication expertise. He said "it was an honor to serve on the 911 board.  It's was an eye-opening experience of what it takes to properly run a 9-1-1 system."  Brown said he wishes people coud,get an opportunity like he had to see and realize how difficult a job it is.

Lebeck is retiring as Watseka Police Chief January 11th (2016).  He'll step away from 24 years in law enforcement, having provided policing know-how and vital radio communication knowledge that sets the tone for 9-1-1 emergency operations. The retiring chief said "the likes of much-needed experience in emergency response situations has been replaced in recent months, for ill-reasons and with little thought."  He said citizens need to "pay attention to what's been going on."

The 9-1-1 Board presented Brown and Lebeck with appreciation certificates. 

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Employees recognized for longevity in Newton County Sheriff’s Dept.

Newton County, Indiana Sheriff Tom VanVleet is recognizing three employees in his department with longevity awards. The sheriff said "we are lucky to have these dedicated employees and sincerely appreciate their commitment to Newton County."

Radio dispatchers Amy Sickles and Lisa Brown and Correctional Officer Jeff Hayles were recently presented longevity awards. Sickles and Brown received certificates for their nine and seven years of service, respectively. Sheriff VanVleet said "they're the lifeline on the other end of the phone when calls come in for help.

Correctional officer Hayles was recognized for 10 years service. The sheriff said Hayles has the responsibility of maintenance of the inmate population and handles security at the jail.

VanVleet extends a big thanks to asll his employees for their hard work and dedication.

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I-65 to be widened in Lake County

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced a $70 million plan Tuesday to widen Interstate 65 throughout Lake County to three lanes in each direction from Merrillville to Lowell.

Pence said the project is part of his Major Moves 2020 highway program, which he says is fast tracking the widening and rehabilitation of heavily-traveled highways across the state. It's similar to the improvement program in Tippecanoe County.

The Governor made the announcement in Merrillville.

The plan calls for a budget of $70 million with funding provided from the Major Moves 2020 program, which Pence said has since been increased in the most recent biennial budget.

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Manteno Police Officer commended for saving lives in fire

Manteno Patrolman Jason Forbes was honored (Monday) at the Manteno Village Board meeting. Forbes was recognized for his actions last month (Nov 21, 2015) responding to an apartment fire on Raven Drive.

A Commendation Letter read during the meeting documented how Patrolman Forbes entered the smoke-filled apartment building, waking residents to get them evacuated and locating the fire.

The information was relayed to the Manteno Fire Department. Forbes' action, it was noted, saved lives.

Police Sgt. Brian Lockwood recommended a letter of commendation to Chief Bernie Thompson.

Patrolman Forbes was honored with his children in attendance at the meeting.

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Village of Bourbonnais honors emergency responders

The rescue of a 14-year-old boy earned honors for emergency responders. Bourbonnais Police Chief Jim Phelps commends officers for their professional cooperation.

Members of the police department, a 9-1-1 Dispatcher and paramedics all stepped up in responding to the 14-year-old in a crisis situation.

The Village Board recognized the officers Monday night.

Dispatcher Jim Hennessey relayed instructions to the 14-year-old's father on how to perform CPR while emergency responders were on their way to the scene. Then, officers Jonathon Boudreau, Travis Garcia, and Dylan Phelps arrived and took action until Bourbonnais paramedics arrived.

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