Lifesaver award presentation held at Leachville Council meet

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Leachville City Council worked through a short agenda, which consisted of department reports and a special lifesaver award presentation at the council meeting held Monday, Nov. 14.

Policeman Steve Lancaster presented lifesaving awards to (from left standing) Tommy Oliver, Mark Johnson, Keith Evans and Sheila Spurlock, for their quick response in coming to the rescue of Larry Ballard, Water Department employee, seated, on October 4, when he suffered cardiac arrest while on the job.

Policeman Steve Lancaster thanked the council for providing the new Automated External Defibrillators for police cars.

"The cost of these AEDs paid off on Oct. 4, when Larry Ballard went into cardiac arrest, while on the job," Lancaster said. "We are thankful to have him alive and here with us tonight."

Lancaster presented lifesaving awards to four people who aided in the efforts in saving Ballard's life. Recipients were Tommy Oliver, Mark Johnson, Keith Evans, and Mayor Sheila Spurlock.

Policeman Steve Lancaster displayed lifesaving equipment installed in each police car for emergency situations.

Ballard expressed his appreciation for the people who saved his life.

"If they hadn't been there when I passed out, I wouldn't be here today," Ballard said. "I don't recall what all happened, as I was out cold, but I am told they started working on me immediately and never gave up until they got my heart beating again. I owe them a great debt of gratitude."

Police Chief Keith Evans gave the October Police Department report, which included nine traffic citations, 30 criminal citations and one DWI arrest. Fuel expenses for the month were $3,364, AED supplies were $483, and Medic One training was $125.

Fire Department reports consisted of calls for module and grass fires, along with 20 First Responder medical calls.

The council voted to give city employees a $600 Christmas bonus and $100 each to volunteers.

A called meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at city hall for the council to work on the proposed 2012 city budget.

The council voted to purchase a 2000 Dodge Ram truck from Federal Surplus for $3,000. The 1986 S-10 and the 1989 Ranger trucks will be put up for bids. The bid box is located in the hallway of the city building.

Leachville Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

Structures at 609 Nelson and 806 Thrasher are scheduled for condemnation due to being out of compliance with city ordinance regulations.

Alderman Teresa Johnson proposed 911 addresses be posted visibly in the front yard of houses in order for fire, police, and EMT personnel to be able to locate a residence when an emergency call comes in.

"We have a lot of trouble finding people when we go out and their houses are not marked," Johnson said. "We need to consider enforcing a mandatory posting of house numbers."

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at city hall.

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