This afternoon at their monthly commissioners meeting, the fire department recognized several local citizens for their involvement in saving lives.

 

A woman worked tirelessly performing CPR on her husband last July after he collapsed in the yard. The King County sheriff who responded, and was recognized, was able to use the portable AED to revive him. The woman’s husband was happily quite alive and able to attend the ceremony honoring his wife today.

 

Another woman was recognized for performing the Heimlich Maneuver on a choking child, also last July. The boy and his parents were at the meeting thanking the woman for her efforts. She had taken a CPR course offered from SKF&R some time earlier.

 

And another citizen was at a local restaurant in September when he became the first responder to a neighboring diner. His Heimlich Maneuver skills were also successful.

 

We all could be in a situation where at the next table, in the next line at the grocery store, or at the park, we become the only person standing between a person living or dying.

 

It was endearing to hear that these citizens were there and took immediate action.

 

Thank you to SKF&R for honoring these citizens and inviting the local press to cover the story.

 

It is good that we hear about these stories, but I wonder why the long delay in recognizing three separate heroic actions. 8 months had passed on two of them and five months on the other.

 

Last June, less than one week after a private citizen was honored for saving a man from Steel Lake, the department rushed to have an award ceremony, hastily arranged with local newspaper and television press and everything. This was just a few weeks before the election on the Excess Levy, as I recall.

 

And to Chief Church who requested a photo opportunity break immediately after the presentations and tell these local citizens that they could leave now.
Predictably, for the rest of the meeting, the room was cleared of all but the employees of the district, and one member of the public.

 

Ironic, isn’t it, that Commissioner Gates also conveniently rushed through the agenda and ‘overlooked’ the commissioner comment section until after the special recognition. He did ‘remember’ to return to that agenda item after the break, though, when only employees were expected to remain in the room.

 

 

This was a good thing, because Commissioner Fossos, who phone in his attendance, to insure he could get paid his stipend, and with no explanation offered for his absence, did have some glowing remark about Bill Gates he wanted to share.

 

I’m surprised we don’t see more of that. Phoning in the meeting.

 

This is not the first time. Commissioner Thompson got paid for phoning in a meeting while on a hunting trip last year.

 

Bless their dedication.

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