Archive for June, 2017

U-Haul crashes, spills gas into Reflection Ridge pond

KWCH – June 30, 2017

The Wichita Fire Department was called to a west Wichita housing addition Friday morning after gas was spilled into a pond.

The crash happened in the Reflection Ridge neighborhood, near 29th and Ridge Road.

Firefighters called out for several booms to limit the gas from contaminating the water on the golf course.


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Dr. John R. Ferguson

Dr. John R. Ferguson, age 85, entered into rest on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Park Villa Nursing Home, Clyde, Kansas. He was born September 22, 1931 in Mankato, Kansas to John Harold and Leatha (Bashford) Ferguson.

John was a graduate of Mankato High School in 1949. He received his bachelor’s degree and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1955. John served in the United States Army from 1955-1957.

John Married Bonnie Lue Renner on June 3, 1951 in Manhattan, Kansas.

He is survived by his, wife Bonnie, 3 sons, Brian Ferguson(Theresa), Littleton, CO.; Corey Ferguson (Sandy), Salina, KS.; Dana Ferguson, Atlanta, GA.; daughter, Eva Renner, of NC.

18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren

John was preceded in death by infant child, parents, sister, Beth Tyler.

John (Swede) operated and owned his own Vet Clinic in the Clyde Community where he was a Veterinarian for 55 plus years.

John was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church in Clyde where he was a Sunday school teacher. John was involved in Ministry and traveled to many Lay Witness Missions. He was also a Clyde Lions Club and Gideon’s member as well. John was a Boy Scout Leader, also served on the Clyde Fire Department. He was an avid K-State Fan and enjoyed camping.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 7, 2017 at The Branch in Clyde, Kansas, with Pastor Anita Strommen officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Clyde.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. all at Chaput Mortuary, Clyde, Kansas.


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Donald Dean “Don” Snyder

Donald Dean Snyder, of Mankato, Kansas, was born January 10, 1933, on a farm in Atchison County, Kansas. He was the son of Irl and Loella (Binkley) Snyder. Donald died Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Jewell County Hospital, Mankato, Kansas, at the age of 84 years, 5 months, and 17 days.

He spent the first 8 years in the Effingham, Kansas, before moving to Montrose. Don attended school in Montrose, graduating from Montrose High School. He went to Fairbury Junior College for one year, and then drafted into the United States Army, in April 1953. He attained the rank of Corporal while serving in Korea and was discharged in March of 1955.

Don married Barbara Ann Diamond, on June 12, 1955.

Don worked for many years at the Mankato Lumber Company and later for Melby Mortuary. He served in the office of Emergency Management, for Jewell County and Osborne County as Director the past many years. Don retired from the Mankato Fire Department as the Fire Chief in June of 1988, after many years of service. He served on Mankato Housing Authority Board.

Don was truly a people person. His work with community groups, county boards, and state agencies, reflected the accumulation of many friends and working partners around the state and beyond. He was the ray of sunshine in any room he was in, and had the knack for making those around him smile. Many will say that he is truly the best person they’ve ever known.

Don enjoyed hunting, watching Kansas Jayhawks basketball, and the Kansas City Royals baseball. Time spent with his many nieces, nephews, and family members, reliving the days gone by, as well as the current activities their lives was important to Don.

Don is survived by his wife – Barbara of 62 years; sister – Virginia (Snyder) Rightmeier; two sisters-in-law – Bonnie Snyder and Jerilyn Diamond; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and nieces; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters – June Joslin, Erma Dunstan, Olive Intermill, and Leta Adams; four brothers – Nelson, Bob, Glen, and Gene Snyder; and one brother-in-law – Larry Diamond.

A celebration of life service for Donald Dean Snyder will be (was) Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at the Harmony United Methodist Church, Mankato, Kansas, with Pastors Gerry Sharp and Laura Fricker, officiating. Mrs. Pat Grout served as organist. Visitation will be (was) Friday, June 30, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kansas, with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Mortuary. The family suggests memorials to Jewell County Hospital or Mankato Fire Department.


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Local agencies look into administrating drug to combat opioid overdose

By Daniela Leon
WIBW – June 30, 2017

Come July 1st, a new Kansas law will allow first responders, including law enforcement officers and fire fighters, to administer the drug Narcan.

The medication instantly counteracts the symptoms of an opioid overdose.

The issue is increasingly in the public eye. An analysis from Blue Cross Blue Shield of its members released Thursday found that from 2010 to 2016, the number of people diagnosed with an addiction to opioids — including both legal prescription drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illicit drugs — climbed 493 percent. In Kansas, drug poisoning deaths increased 121.6 percent since 2000, according to the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment’s latest vital statistics report. Health officials attribute the increase largely to the increased use of opioid medications, which are drugs like Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin.

“People truly need pain medication for certain reasons and they start taking those medicines and building an intolerance and start taking more and more,” said Jon Antrim, Shawnee and Wabaunsee County AMR Operations Manager.

AMR ambulance personnel has been administering the drug for a while. In 2016, they used it 48 times, an increase from 2015 when they administered the drug 39 times.

This new law, approved by the legislature and signed by Gov. Sam Brownback this spring, allows officers for agencies like Topeka Police, Topeka Fire and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office to give out the drug.

Antrim said it could mean the difference between life and death, since an ambulance EMT may not be the first one to encounter the person in crisis.

“It allows more people to administer the drug and get it to people that need it in a timely fashion,” Antrim said.

Antrim says Narcan has few side effects. Agencies who want to add it to their arsenal must go through extensive training, hire a medical director, and educate responders on how to administer the drug.

“I know that it is on the mind of the law enforcement community here in Shawnee County to allow this to occur and also in the first responder community,” Antrim said. “There’s talks amongst our medical director authorize those agencies who wish to have it.”

13 NEWS spoke with the Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones and Richard Sigle, the chief of emergency medical services for the Topeka Fire Department. Both said local agencies are meeting about the new law and discussing plans for training and implementing measures that would have more responders carrying Narcan in the future.


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Scoular donates grain rescue equipment to Baker Township Fire Department

By Chance Hoener
Pittsburg Morning Sun – June 30, 2017

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The Scoular Company donated a life-saving tool to the Baker Township Fire Department following a tour of the Pittsburg facility Tuesday.

Facility Manager Brice Elnicki donated a grain rescue tube to Baker Fire on the behalf of Scoular. The tube works to create a barrier around a person trapped in flowing grain — in a bin or silo — and stops the flow of grain to allow rescue crews to dig the person out.

According to Scoular, a person trapped in flowing grain can become engulfed within 60 seconds, unable to free themselves. While prevention is the best practice, Elnicki said it never hurts to have the equipment on hand.

“We started looking into it, and no one around here has a rescue tube like this,” Elnicki said. “So we bought one. We’ll let Baker take it and hopefully they’ll never have to use it.”

Elnicki also took the opportunity to give Baker Fire a tour of the Pittsburg facility. He walked firefighters through potential dangers with grain dryers, rail cars and grain bins, as well as making them aware of chemicals, natural gas valves and other areas that could be a hazard in the event of a fire.

“Our main goal is to get Baker familiar with the facility,” Elnicki said. “Where our power shutoffs are, what equipment we have and any potential hazards there are if a fire ever broke out. We don’t want an emergency, but in the event of one, we want to be prepared.”

Elnicki said Scoular does walkthroughs of the facility with Baker Fire at least once a year, and with the donation, it seemed like a good opportunity for an update.

Baker Fire Chief Mike Ryan said he appreciates the proactivity of Scoular and Elnicki.

“We appreciate everything these guys have done,” he said. “We need to get out to these facilities as often as possible, and they do a great job keeping us prepared.”

Ryan said the grain rescue tube will be a benefit not only to Baker Fire, but the entire county.

“I’m not as worried about this facility, but farmers who may get trapped,” Ryan said. “We will make this equipment available to the whole county, so it will be out there to help those farmers in the case of an emergency.”


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EMS, zoning issues go before County Commission

By Olivia Haselwood
Andover Leader – June 30, 2017

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Because they’re not meeting next week, Butler County Commissioners had a packed agenda Tuesday.

Not only did Butler County Emergency Medical Service get to show off their new sprinter ambulance, but they also received an award. EMS received the 2017 Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition award. The award is sponsored by the American Heart and American Stroke Associations and is based on statistics generated throughout the year on EMS stroke or heart patient transfers.

Butler County EMS met the criteria to have 12 closed leads on 100 percent of their patients who complained of non-traumatic chest pain. Of those patients, EMS responding were able to get 12 closed leads on 90 percent of patients within the first 10 minutes or less on a call. They were 78 percent in getting patients to the hospital in 90 minutes or less and into a catheter lab at a hospital who complained of chest pains. All of these practices are in an effort to quickly identify and better treat heart attack or stroke patients.

Only five departments in South-Central Kansas have received the award. Reno County also was awarded the Silver award.

Following most of the business portion of the meeting, commissioners took a break to travel to the parking lot to explore the new ambulance. Due to customs holdups, the Mercedes low-top sprinter has not yet arrived. However, design and construction of the Ford mid-top sprinter is completed.

Chad Poore showed commissioners the features of the ambulance including the completely automated lift bed and the cleaner white and yellow decal design. Commissioner Marc Murphy even tested the automated lift.

EMS crews are slowly working the new vehicle into their daily routes. Several crews are utilizing the vehicle on certain calls to get used to the new design and setup of the vehicle. Poore said so far the department is pleased with how it turned out and how it operates.

Zoning changes

Several zoning changes were approved by commissioners Tuesday.

A lot split from AG 80 to AG 40 was approved for a property at 4999 NW Highway 77 owned by Greene Brothers LTD. A variance for a single wide model home at 12266 NW 90th in Whitewater was approved for Lappan Farms.

A mortgage lot split for a property owned by Meribeth Buhr at 15320 NW 10th in Benton was approved. A property at SW 180th in Douglass owned by McClure Brothers Farms was approved. The zoning changed the property from AG 80 to AG 40.

A homestead lot split plus APO was approved for a property owned by Delores Jenson at 12242 SE 160th in Latham.


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Fire causes $100,000 in damage at Junction City residence

By Katie Moore
Topeka Capital Journal – June 30, 2017

A fire at a Junction City residence caused an estimated $100,000 in damages Thursday.

The Junction City Fire Department was dispatched just before 11 a.m. for a structure fire at 407 W. 2nd, fire chief Terry Johnson said in a news release.

Crews found smoke coming from the attic area. Firefighters made entry and used a thermal imaging camera to identify a hot area in the corner of an upstairs bedroom. After opening the ceiling, they found heavy fire throughout the attic. To fight the fire and smoke, crews used forced ventilation which vertically pushed smoke and heated gases out of the structure, Johnson said.

One firefighter was treated and released from the Geary Community Hospital after being bitten by a dog at the residence.

The fire department and the State of Kansas Fire Marshal Office determined the blaze was accidental, Johnson said.


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