The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 23, 1996 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 23, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1996 A3 V POLICE MEMORIAL Memorial honors fallen officer Granite memorial honors Trail, who drowned trying to save 2 teens By DAN ENGLAND The Salinn Journal BELOIT — Darlene Soukup made a pact with herself. She would give herself a year, and then the black ribbons would be taken off the flag she flies outside her home at 2458 Robin. But the year came, and went, on June 25, and she couldn't bring herself to take down the memorials to Daniel Trail. Trail was the Beloit police officer who drowned that day in 1995 as he attempted to rescue two teen-agers, now 20, from the swollen Solomon River in the town's Chautauqua Park. More importantly, he was her nephew, the son of her brother, David of Atwood, and sister-in- law, Linda Cunningham, of Cheney. But she stripped the ribbons off her flag when a memorial to Mitchell County law enforcement officials was dedicated in Chautauqua park July 6. Trail is the sole name engraved in a stone for those who lost their lives in the line of duty. "At first it was like him dying all over again," Soukup said about the dedication. "We all bawled like a baby. But then I said we've just got to let go." Soukup said her family still struggles with the loss. Some members are doing better than others. Soukup still has night- ' mares of Trail drowning. But they are less frequent. "I don't believe he knew how to swim," she said. "His worst fear T SALVATION ARMY was the water. Then for him to drown, of all things, was horrible." Pat Shea, Beloit police chief and a former Salinan, said the idea for the memorial came up while several fire, police and rescue squads from the area attempted to recover Trail's body. The crews worked for three days. The area response was amazing, Shea said. Every emergency vehicle in Mitchell County now has life jackets, throw bags and other flooding equipment. Trail didn't have that equipment with him and was part of a human chain to reach Brad Chapin and Derek Coffield, who are attending an unknown college, when he fell in the river. "We had to pay those who helped us out because of federal regulations," Shea said. "But they didn't want to be paid. So every one of them signed over their checks to the memorial fund." That and donations from area citizens raised about $4,000, Shea said. But the time that citizens, businesses and the city spent on it was invaluable. "If someone comes in and does the memorial, with his profit and everything, that sucker is going to cost $40,000," Shea said. " Sketch of memorial The memorial, which faces the spillway where the rescue attempt took place, has a 6-foot black granite stone and two 4-foot gray stones. It also includes a walk- through area with stone benches and flower beds. Trail's name is carved into the gray stone to the right of the black center stone, which has the emblems of all six departments that provide emergency service. "The memorial looks really good, and it will look even better once the landscaping is done," Shea said. "But I hope Trail's name is the only one it will ever have." Season of Christmas giving begins Volunteers sought for Angel Tree, food basket, holiday dinner By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal Although some of us will be hurriedly shopping for last-minute Christmas gifts two months from now, the holiday rush has already begun for Roxanne Matous. Matous is directing Thanksgiving and Christmas charity projects for the Salvation Army and is hoping more donors and volunteers pitch in this season. An estimated 400-450 Saline County families are expected to apply for assistance this year. There were about 400 families in the program last year. "Every year it goes up, but there's not anything that comes across our minds that we can say causes the increase," Matous said. The Salvation Army will begin taking applications for their Christmas food baskets and toy and clothing giveaways on Monday. Each weekday from then until Dec. 6', families may apply for the programs from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. at 1137 N. Santa Fe. Applicants must come in person, and provide proof of total household income and identifica- tion, as well as names and ages of all members of the household. Matous said Salvation Army workers will determine eligibility based on household income. No applications will be taken over the phone. Families eligible for assistance will be anonymously placed on the Angel Tree, which will be on display at Central Mall. Donors can choose who they want to sponsor and buy them gifts, based on information listed on the tree's ornaments. The tree will be on display from Nov. 16 until Dec. 12, and gifts are due at the Salvation Army on Dec. 15. The gifts and baskets will be distributed later that week. "We have different organizations that call me and say they want to adopt a family," Matous said. "It doesn't mean they have t'o do all of it, from buying food, clothes and gifts. They can choose to pay for what they want, it just depends on what they want. "Each case is different, so what each family receives is different," she said. Food baskets will contain a Christmas dinner and enough food to last about a week, Matous said. Clothing and toys — a new one and a used one for every family — will be distributed. Many of the donated items will come from "Ten Hours of Shar- ing," a promotion sponsored by radio stations KSAL and KYEZ on Dec. 7 at the Central Mall. The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers, beginning with a Thanksgiving Day dinner from noon to 3 p.m. at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 2875 S. Ninth. Pies, salads and other foods will be donated for the dinner, and Matous said people are needed to clean the restaurant. Drivers also are needed to deliver dinners to people who are unable to drive to Applebee's. For more information on donating items, adopting a family or ap- plying for assistance, call Matous at 823-2251. • Life • Auto • Farm • Home I insuRRncE companies 1004% E.Crawford 827-1011 These YARD SIGNS lead to Topeka Vote November' 5 Tommye Sexton for 71st District Representative 71st Representative YOU'RE READY FOR A NEW MATTRESS • Your mattress is older than you are. • You finally vacuum all the 1 crumbs off your mattress and it actually becomes less .comfortable. • You deliberately pick fights with your spouse just so you can sleep on the couch. • Your kids jump and play on your bed, but you can't hear them over the mattress noise. Poet this sound like your mattress? It so, It's time for» new one. 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