BOMA to honor police, firefighters

Aug. 02, 2014 @ 11:40 PM

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will take time out from the usual purchases and discussions of ordinances Monday to honor police and firefighters who saved the lives of an elderly couple recently.

Police officers responded to a call about a burglar alarm at a local residence, but at first found nothing amiss, city spokesman Bob Stahlke said.

They continued to investigate and found that the garage door was hot to the touch. After entering the house, they found that one of the occupants was semi-conscious and the other had lost consciousness.

Firefighters and police determined that the engine was running on a car inside the garage, and the house had started to fill with carbon monoxide. The officers and firefighters removed the victims from the home, and the firefighters provided first aid at the scene, Stahlke said.

One of the two victims was hospitalized for several days after the incident, but both survived.

Officers involved were Graham Ownby, Eric Denton, Mike LeQuire and Thomas Thompson. The firefighters were Andrew Wilson, John Satterfield and Andy Johnson.

The board will honor the personnel with an award at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the Civic Center.

Also Monday, the board will consider:

  • New personnel rules relative to 24-hour shifts for the fire department
  • Purchase of 11 spinning bikes
  • Purchase of an administrative vehicle for department of parks and recreation
  • Purchase of heart monitor/defibrilator for the fire department
  • Purchase of a vacant lot in Rivergate for Public Works

jfarrell@themountainpress.com