Several pats on the
back were offered during Wednesday’s Burns Harbor Town Council meeting,
including four lifesaver awards.
The first went to
someone who is not used to saving lives but she took action when she was in
the right place at the right time.
Cricket Webber, from the Chesterton Post Office, has worked her route 21
years in Burns Harbor -- six as a sub and 15 as a regular carrier. She was
delivering mail when she realized one resident was in “some degree of
Freeze said Webber assessed the situation as a “definite medical emergency”
and called the authorities, subsequently saving the resident’s life.
Webber received a
medal of honor lifesavers award from the Council and a standing ovation. “I
think anyone would have done something,” she said humbly,
Town Police Chief
Mike Heckman and Fire Chief Bill Arney presented lifesaver awards to BHFD
Lt. Rob Wesley, firefighter Brandon Shipman and police officer Tim Lucas,
who joined the force just this year.
All three men had
been on the scene one morning responding to a call of a subject not
breathing. The rescuers performed CPR on the individual, used a
defibrillator and revived him successfully.
Arney said “there
are a lot of sad days in the neighborhood” when emergency response teams do
what they can but more often than not the victim’s life is lost. However,
there are times like this when there are exceptions.
Wesley, Shipman and
Lucas all received a standing ovation from the Council and audience.
Footloose 5K a
The Council also
gave rave reviews to Park Board president Marcus Rogala and those involved
in the town’s 5K and Kid’s 1K Footloose event at Lakewood Park held
Saturday, June 28.
Rogala said over
600 people were in attendance for the debut event. The theme was 1980s
fashion and culture with a celebration afterwards. Parking was sufficient
but Rogala thanked the Arnell Chevy dealer for shuttling runners to the
About 330 partook
in the 5K while 70 children ran the 1K. Over $6,300 was collected in
sponsorships and donations, Rogala said. The parks department raised a
profit of $2,400 for the parks department.
As a sign of
gratitude, Rogala said he would donate $250 to each town department which
helped with set up.
Rogala said he
learned later that the Footloose 5K was “one of the biggest first time
events in Northwest Indiana,” certainly a surprise to him. “We should expect
more (people) next year,” he said.
The weather gods
smiled on the run, but were not as pleasant afterwards, Rogala said, as it
rained on the after party, delaying some of the bands. The parks department
will be better prepared next year, he said.
“Next year’s slogan
is ‘tents, tents, tents,’” said Rogala.
James McGee said he received “quite a few” phone calls from people who
really enjoyed the event saying it was well done.
Miller said he hed challenged Rogala to brainstorm ideas for fundraising and
remarked Rogala) has “more than risen to the occasion.”
In another matter,
scholarship committee member Phyllis Constantine announced this year’s three
recipients of the town’s scholarship.
The winners were
Rebecca Depew, David Jordan and Toni Biancardi. Each received $1,500.
that may not seem much compared to college tuition costs but “it helps take
the financial burden off of families.”
“When push comes to
shove, it could buy them a meal ticket,” said Constantine.
Only those with a
Burns Harbor mailing address are eligible for the scholarships.
reported 271 incidents were responded to by BHPD last month. Fifteen
accidents were reported, 25 traffic tickets issued and 59 verbal warnings
Arney said the BHFD
received 23 calls, with 9 hours and 13 minutes on scenes total. One hundred
extra volunteer hours were recorded and trucks traveled a total of 287