the Salina Journal LOCAL/KANSAS Monday, May 15,1995 A3 •>•• Emergency medical service to demonstrate skills By SHARON MONTAGUE ,. Th» Salina Journal The female driver lost control of her Cadillac, which rolled at least five times. 'iEach time the car hit the pavement, ". more parts flew off. And the driver — who had been drink- t ing — was thrown from the car and tumbled along with it, losing flesh and striking bone every time she hit the pavement. i, "She had very severe injuries," said Lt. Greg Compton of the Salina Fire Depart- .^nent. "That driver was very fortunate to be alive." , . Preventing such alcohol-related crashes was a goal of the Salina Fire Department in planning activities for EMS Week, which began Sunday and continues through Saturday. The Cadillac will be on display today through Saturday at Central Mall, Ninth and Magnolia. Community Access Television of Salina is scheduled to show videotaped footage of a recent mock alcohol-related car crash the fire department performed for high school students. The alcohol-related crash was staged to show students the consequences of driving while intoxicated. Compton said other activities are planned to show what emergency medical technicians and paramedics do, and how they do it. Everyone employed by the Salina Fire Department is at least an emergency medical technician, with 120 hours of medical training. Two registered nurses also are on staff, and 25 employees have completed the 1,200 hours of required training to be paramedics. Compton said many people don't realize the level of training and expertise ambulance workers have. The department has a medical supervisor, and EMTs and paramedics at the scenes of medical emergencies are in radio contact with personnel at Salina hospitals. If a person suffers a severe head injury in a car crash, Compton said, an ambulance supervisor at the scene can radio ahead to the emergency room, telling workers to call a neurosurgeon and be prepared for the injured person. "They can have the neurosurgeon scrubbed and everything ready before we even get there," Compton said. EMTs and paramedics don't leave their patients once they reach the emergency room. Compton said they assist nurses and doctors in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, establishing intravenous lines or performing other medical procedures. "Lots of people don't realize everything we do," Compton said. Activities planned to inform people of what the Salina emergency medical service does and to observe EMS Week include : • Monday through Saturday, the Cadil- lac destroyed in the alcohol-related crash will be displayed near the fountain at Central Mall. • 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, an ambulance will be on display inside Central Mall. Paramedics will show and explain medical equipment. • 11 a.m. Saturday outside Central Mall, firefighters will demonstrate the use of Jaws of Life and other extrication equipment. Firefighters will cut off a door, snip off a steering wheel, peel back the roof and roll back the dashboard of a car to free a trapped driver. • 11:30 a.m. Saturday outside Central Mall, firefighters will demonstrate the department's aerial rescue truck. BRIEFLY ftflerry-go-round theft under investigation ', Is there a new addition to your ' neighborhood in the form of a '. merry-go-round? ' The Salina Police Department is looking for a 6-foot-diameter red and orange merry-go-round that was hauled away between April 18 and April 19 from Thomas Park, 1525 N. Ninth. The merry-go-round was worth about $500. The theft was chosen as the crime of the week for Crimestop- pers, a nonprofit organization that pays rewards to people who ;help solve crimes. '•• Anyone with information about the merry-go-round or who may .Ijave taken it may call £rimestoppers at 825-TIPS. Callers don't have to give their jaames and could be eligible for rewards of up to $1,000. Security improved at Topeka courthouse TOPEKA — Metal detectors, X-ray machines and locked doors will be in place at the Shawnee County Courthouse today, partly because of judges' desire to have tighter security in the building. The courthouse also will be locked down with only two sets of doors available to non-employees. Jurors, taxpayers, attorneys and others visiting the building will have to go through public en- Frances and an airport-style security checkpoint. Briefcases, purses and parcels will be X-rayed and people will walk through metal detectors. Private security officers, some of them armed, will staff the checkpoint. Judges asked for improved security given violent attacks in other judicial buildings, including the August 1993 attack on the Frank Carlson Federal Building in Topeka. The enhanced security also will include a series of closed-circuit television cameras to allow surveillance of hallways. Satellite town meeting to focus on education At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Salina will join communities across the nation in a satellite town meeting to be shown on Community Access Television channel 40. The meeting will be on how schools reach out to students with various backgrounds, ability levels and needs. "Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms: High Standards and Accountability" is the title of the program. The discussion will involve a panel of guests from across the country who have diverse student populations in their schools and communities. Issues will include ways to address needs of students with varied language backgrounds, abilities, learning styles and physical capabilities; how parents and schools can work to welcome all families; and how diversity can strengthen schools. Open house planned at Bennington schools BENNINGTON — An open house is planned at the Bennington High School and Bennington Grade School from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The open house offers the chance to see recent changes made at the schools. Two classrooms were added to the grade school last summer, and the high school has a new gymnasium and other improvements. A similar open house was in November at the Tescott schools, the site of other recent improvements in the Twin Valley School District. • From Staff and Wire Reports TOMORROW^ HEADLINES Ellsworth warden gets mixed reviews »» FROM PAGE 1 Yet, both supporters and his critics give him credit for innovative approaches to corrections and contributing to improvements in the appearance of the Ellsworth prison. Prison career Bruce, who has been at Ellsworth two years, is the third warden for the facility since it opened in 1988. Before taking the position he served as the first warden of the Norton Correctional Facility, from 1987 to 1992. He got into corrections after a 14-year career in the restaurant business, following a stint in the armed services and graduation from Pittsburg State University. His first job was as a prison guard at Lansing State Correctional Facility. His mentors are Davies, who was secretary of corrections under Gov. Mike Hayden and now directs the Koch Crime Commission, and Rayl, another former corrections secretary and a prison warden. They were instrumental in reforming the Kansas prison system beginning in the early 1980s, Bruce said. "I've always looked at prisons as a big business, and I've always tried to attack it as a business, " Bruce said. Davies and Rayl, he said, shared his vision, which includes making sure prisons not only run smoothly but also remain clean and well-kept. Such is the case at Ellsworth, where only the razor wire topping the chain-link fences distinguishes it from a college campus. "Sanitation is next to godliness in my book," Bruce said. Mixed reviews Ellsworth citizens have varying opinions of Bruce. "I think his style is different from the last one, (former warden Robert Harrison), because the last one had a little more outgoing personality and connected better with the townspeople," said Larry Soukup, a barber in Ellsworth for 33 years and a member of a citizen's liaison committee to the prison. The committee's purpose, as begun by the first warden, Mike Nelson, is to "squelch rumors and give people the straight stuff" about the prison, Soukup said. Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal L.E. Bruce, warden of the Ellsworth Correctional Facility, says he brings a business approach to running the prison. Soukup thinks all three wardens have had different strengths but each has served the facility well. Morale, both among employees and in the community has been "pretty good," he said. Mike Poppelreiter is a former prison sergeant who, with his wife, runs Mid-Kansas Home Showcase, a home improvement store in downtown Ellsworth. Poppelreiter left the corrections field when he was passed over for promotion. Still, he gives Bruce a 7 on his overall performance when asked to rate him on a scale of 1 to 10. "He has good management skills but he talks about himself more than he should," Poppelreiter said. "He tends to brag on himself and that turns people off." Bruce also can be too quick to judge employees, he said. Bruce's good points, Poppelreiter said, include a get-tough stance on inmate behavior that ensures they earn their privi- leges. Inmates go to work One of those priveleges is working in a hydroponic vegetable growing operation on the prison grounds in greenhouses donated by Kansas State University, Manhattan. About $2,000 was spent refurbishing the greenhouses, which provide inmates with fresh produce, including cucumbers, peppers and lettuce. That helps cut food bills and saves taxpayer money, Bruce said. Another innovation has been the establishment of a Century Manufacturing plant at the prison, employing inmates at minimum wage. The money they earn goes into paying the state for their incarceration, taxes, the state Crime Victims Compensation Fund and support of their families. Of the remaining earnings, 10 percent is placed in a mandatory savings program for the inmate. Century manufactures molded plastic objects such as awards, ornaments and things like handles for beer taps. Its other plants are in Lindsborg, Lincoln and Wichita. Straight to the point These improvements have helped develop community support for the prison, Bruce thinks, even if some residents are divided on supporting him. Without apology, he describes himself as an "emotional manager." "I don't have a lot of time for whiners, people who care only about themselves," he said. "I don't beat around the tulips when I think someone is off base. But I'm not afraid of telling them when they've done a good job, too." Bruce and his wife live in Lyons, not in Ellsworth as did the other wardens, another fact that he realizes rankles some in the community. The reason, he said, is anonymity. In Norton, he headed the town's biggest employer and was its most visible representative. "I couldn't go down to the corner for a gallon of milk without bumping into someone from work, and they always wanted to talk shop," he said. If he could do one thing for the inmates, it would be to give them each a person like the one who turned his life around — Maude Bruce, his grandmother. When he was 14 she arranged to have him come to an uncle's wheat farm in Draper, S.D. Left behind were his buddies, the cruising and his mischief. Piloting a tractor by himself in the fields, he discovered self-esteem and responsibility. "I made a lot of mistakes as a kid," Bruce said. "As we grow older we have more of a need of giving back to society. It's all how you internally feel about making things better. "All inmates are not necessarily bad people, they've just done bad things." Mother's Day turns into double celebration for graduate By Th« Associated Press COFFEYVILLE — It was appropriate that Carmen Azuara got her General Equivalency Diploma the day before Mother's Day. The presentation came 26 years after she dropped out of school at age 14 to make a home for her family — and on the same day her eldest daughter, Alma, graduated in the top 10 percent of her busi- ness class from Kansas State University, Manhattan. Another daughter will graduate with honors from Field Kindley High School Thursday. Darlene is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned three scholarships to Coffeyville Community College. Azuara, a native of Mexico and mother of five daughters, was pre- sented her Kansas State High School Diploma in graduation ceremonies Saturday at Coffeyville Community College. "Finally, after 26 years," Azuara said. "For me, it is a good feeling that finally I reached my goal. "I have been a mother and a housewife. I have been divorced now for the last three years, and I really wanted to do something for myself. I had always thought to myself of going back to school." She had to muster the courage to return, and the classes proved tough at times. Darlene, the middle daughter, said Spanish is her mother's first language, and she had to refresh her memory in both English and math. "Math was very hard. I didn't know if I was going to pass the last math test," Azuara said. "When they told me I had passed it I feel a lump here in my throat — so much happiness. I couldn't believe I made it." Darlene hopes the standards set by her mother and older sisters will influence the futures of the two youngest, Rachel and Carmen, who are still in elementary school. Stuffed cow carries cargo to kids in Oberlin Journal 82S-6OOO Category 6006 Call after 7:30 p.m. The story in Wednesday's Salina Journal about Lowell Elementary School's traveling teddy bear, Amelia, probably prompted spirited classroom discussion among Oberlin Elementary School students. Lowell fourth-graders sent their bear off on its international journey in November as a way to learn more about history and geography. Oberlin third-graders enjoyed a similar experience, but employed a stuffed, saddlebag-wearing Holstein named Clarissa. Amelia carried a journal, a camera and a request for mementos and souvenirs of the places she visited, which included Australia, Barbados and Puerto Rico. Clarissa's journey was less international, but more harrowing. She went on a driving tour of Canada, and spent two months locked in a car trunk in Texas. CUFF STUFF Gordon D. Fiedler Jr. JOURNAL STAFF WRTTER We we/come your ideas tor Cull Stuft. Call Journal Line 825-6OOO category 2055 (No word yet if a country-western song will be forthcoming.) Previously she had been to Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Ohio. She returned by mail to Oberlin April 17 with her bags brimming with such sou- venirs as a Massachusetts trivia game, a Georgia lottery drink bottle, a Mardi Gras postcard, a Blue Ridge Highway map, a Wisconsin auto tours brochure, a "party animal" pin from Ohio State University and a chestnut. Plans are to send her packing next year in hopes she'll see the western United States. • ***** This probably happens more times than we know: You're talking on the telephone, having a nice conversation, minding your own business, when WHAM! — you run into a utility pole. Russell resident Rick Meis knows such frustration. According to the Russell Record, he was making a cellular call from his pickup early May 7 when the truck he was driving hit a street light. Meis was physically uninjured, but suf- fered financial pain when he was cited for inattentive driving. We hesitated to pass this on. If bureaucrats see more of this, it won't be long before portable phones come equipped with mandatory air bags. ***** A recent picture in the Stockton Sentinel showed a Columbia, Mo., hunter, a look of relief on his face, holding a freshly bagged turkey from Rooks County. Missourian David Murphy had reason to smile, and not just because the turkey, weighing 22 pounds, was a potential trophy winner. This bird in hand meant Murphy could ; go home in broad daylight, proud and unashamed, rather than late at night like some embarrassing failure: Murphy is the regional director for the National Wild Turkey Federation.
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