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Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:35 AM


Putnam County:

Please vote YES for the Putnam County EMS levy. On Feb. 6, 2011, I became a survivor thanks in large part to Putnam County EMS. While passing through Columbus Grove, I experienced a sudden onset of cardiac arrest. My husband stopped at a local business where bystanders began CPR while Columbus Grove EMS rapidly responded to provide advance life support. All of these people played a part in the “Chain of Survival” that saved my life. If any one of those links would not have been there or been delayed in responding, my story would have a drastically different ending.

Unfortunately, not every cardiac arrest, stroke or accident can have a positive outcome like mine did. But we can make sure all the necessary tools are in place so more of those good outcomes are possible. The rapid response and trained bystanders were critical to my survival. Voting YES on the levy will help in both of those areas by: increasing EMS volunteer interest by giving a $2/hour raise for those on runs, hiring more full-time EMTs to help the volunteers and provide money for CPR and First Aid classes.

I spent several years as a member of Ottawa EMS working with caring EMTs all over Putnam County, but it wasn’t until my incident that I realized what an impact this wonderful EMS system can have in the lives of the residents in our county.

Please help keep Putnam County EMS strong by voting YES on Nov. 5.

Linda Llewellyn



Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:34 AM


Putnam County residents:

On Nov. 5, voters in Putnam County will have the opportunity to approve a levy to provide funds to Putnam County EMS. PCEMS provides a wide range of education and transportation services to local citizens, in addition to life-saving care for the seriously ill and injured. This service has touched many lives and has helped to form a solid base for the continued growth of our communities and is truly a great asset to our county.

Putnam County EMS has significant impact on our community’s quality of life, so we encourage you to vote YES on Nov. 5 in support of the EMS levy.

Robert Benroth, Auditor

Teresa Lammers, Clerk of Courts

Terrence Recker, Engineer

Gary Lammers, Prosecuting Attorney

Cathy Recker, Recorder

Michael Chandler, Sheriff

Tracy Warnecke, Treasurer

Travis Jerwers, Commissioner

John Love, Commissioner

Vincent Schroeder, Commissioner


Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:34 AM


I had an opportunity this past weekend to catch up with high school classmates and friends from the DJHS class of 1978 as we celebrated our 35th reunion. Those of you who were unable to attend missed out on a wonderful time. We talked about our changing lives and enjoyed a weekend full of activities. It was a joy to hear about all the children, grandchildren and what was going on in the lives of my friends and classmates.

I would like to thank the businesses and people that helped make our weekend a success. My parents, Gary and Louise Sroufe, opened their home to myself, Ronda Buettner Jenkins, Mel Stant Line and Beth Poling Bergfeld on Thursday evening for dinner. We prepared all the prizes for our raffle/auction and enjoyed an evening of food and fun.

Thanks to classmate Penny Pimpas Gerdeman and her family who provided a room where we enjoyed a nice visit and good food after the DJHS Homecoming Game on Friday. It was great to catch up and celebrate a Wildcat victory.

Saturday, we enjoyed a fabulous evening of cocktails and dinner. The kitchen and wait staff was top notch and our meal was fantastic! A big thank you to Cammy Miller who helped set up the evening for us. Our centerpieces were beautiful fresh flower arrangements designed by Jessica Casemier Rudasill. These arrangements were delivered to local nursing home at the end of the evening for the residents to enjoy.

Sunday morning, a few of us met for coffee and brunch. The food was great.

A big thank you to my partners in crime, Ronda Buettner Jenkins and Bonnie Hohlbein, for their efforts in putting together the reunion. It truly was a joint effort and we had fun doing it.

Thank you to all the Delphos businesses, classmates and everyone who helped make our weekend one to remember.

Terri Sroufe Christensen

Letter to the Editor
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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:33 AM


I am writing this letter to support the Emergency Services for the City of Delphos.

In lieu of recent events, it is my understanding the City of Delphos is nearly eliminating the Fire Department and significantly reducing the Police Department in an effort to reduce expenses. Let’s ask ourselves, is this prudent?

Where is the prioritization? One must distinguish from what is needed and what is wanted in the City of Delphos.

I would think almost certainly life safety would be at the very top of the lists as a necessity but sadly, it does not seem to be so.

I agree one must balance a budget. If necessary, cut costs and implement change but at what cost?

Sometimes whirlwind cuts can leave a community without sufficient resources to respond to emergency calls safely and effectively. The events that have taken place seem to be a situation of planning resources to budget rather than budgeting to the proper plan. So often cuts to precious resources are made without understanding the adverse impact to the community.

Without the proper staffing of the fire department, response time, without question, will be compromised. Your full-time firefighters are your first responders. In any emergency situation, a full-time firefighter is leaving the station within 15-30 seconds of receiving that call and typically arriving within three-five minutes to the scene. Therefore, to save lives and limit property damage, firefighters must arrive at the right time with the adequate resources to do the job.

Without your first responders, you will have to wait. Volunteers will have to drive from their homes to the station and then to the scene. Keep this in mind: 1) A typical house fire doubles in size every 60 seconds. 2) In a cardiac arrest, there is a six-minute window of opportunity to intervene. Without intervention in a timely manner, irreversible brain damage will ensue. 3) In victims of trauma where blood loss is significant, this will escalate to a point of irreparable damage.

Ask yourself, do you want to wait and wait some more in an emergency situation when it’s your loved one? I know everyone thinks, “it won’t happen to me.” What if it does?

There is also the issue of your ISO rating. A reduction in resources may affect the ISO classification and in turn, possibly change the insurance rates for residential and commercial property in the community. Decision-makers need to understand the overall effect of resource-reduction decisions before making them.

More often than not, we take the fire, police and EMS for granted. They work long hours, nights, weekends, holidays and miss many family functions to protect our lives. God bless the men and women on our fire departments, police departments and EMS who protect our lives and property through preparedness, prevention, public education and emergency response with quality service, efficiency, effectiveness and safety.

Dawn Pohlman


On the Other Hand - Bunnies on the brain
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Sunday, September 29, 2013 12:00 AM

If you’ve met our Little Ringo, the first thing you may notice is his relentless attention to whatever it is that has caught his attention at the time. He has a one-track mind.

Our neighbor girl recently brought home three rabbits for her FFA SAE project and her dad built the hutch for the little furry bundles.