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  • First responders honored at Chamber/Examiner breakfast

  • Local businesses on Friday honored several Independence police officers and firefighters who have gone the extra mile to serve others.

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  • Local businesses on Friday honored several Independence police officers and firefighters who have gone the extra mile to serve others.
    One award came out of a bad fire last fall at the old AGCO plant on Cottage, the plant that for many years was run by Allis-Chalmers. There are some businesses in there today.
    On Oct. 24, a fire crew was sent there in response to reports of a vehicle – 200 feet inside the building – on fire. Thick, black smoke was coming out the west side of the complex.
    Capt. John VanSittert decided that his crew would attack the fire, advancing while close to the floor because of the thick smoke – and while dealing with building occupants who wanted to get in and with bites by a frightened dog. They got the fire out, minimizing damage to the building and businesses.
    For that, VanSittert was given the Heroism Award at Friday’s First Responders Recognition and Awards Breakfast. It was held by the Independence Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by The Examiner.
    It’s meant to be an annual event.
    Police Chief Tom Dailey said police and businesses have a good partnership and said the community is highly supportive.
    Residents and businesses, he said, all want a sense of security.
    “And the only way we can achieve that is all of us working together to the same end,” he said.
    Dailey also praised his officers.
    “They do the big things very well, but it’s the little things that make a difference,” he said.
    In addition to the award for heroism, the awards were:
    • Bravery, presented to Officer Corey Randall, who on Oct. 15, 2012, went to the scene of wreck at U.S. 40 and Hardy Avenue. The driver, who apparently had had a heart attack, had no pulse and was unresponsive. Randall administrered CPR until an ambulance arrived – and is credited with saving the man’s life.
    • Dedication, presented to Fire Inspector Robert Frazier, who took a call from a local man asking about getting a lock box. Frazier visited with the man, who had recently lost his wife and was depressed. He got back in touch with the man several times, checking to see if he needed more help.
    • Community service, to Sgt. Dave Ison, who has coordinated the Police Department’s role in special events such as Santa-Cali-Gon Days, the Fourth of July and the Halloween parade. He also has coordinated escorts – generally on short notice but requiring a lot of planning. All of that helps improve safety and reduce the city’s overtime costs.
     
     
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