NEWBERRY COUNTY — Newberry County Council passed a resolution that honors the security team from Fairview Baptist Church after team members used training to assist a longtime member of their church who was in distress.
The resolution states that Fairview Baptist Church recently formed a Security Team after Pastor Monty Osborne, several deacons and other church members attended a “Safety in Sanctuary” seminar administered by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office. After the training the church acquired an automated external defibrillator and members attended CPR/AED training on Aug. 6.
“A longtime member of the church finished a solo song and collapsed, and the pastor and security team quickly put into action the training they had learned by administering CPR and activating the AED at least three times, and they were able to resuscitate the congregation member and he regained a pulse and EMS arrived and was able to transport him to a medical facility in Columbia,” said County Administrator Wayne Adams. “The congregation member was able to talk with EMS crew during the transport and with his family and friends that evening while at the hospital, even though he subsequently passed away the next morning.”
Council recognized the members of the church directly involved in the administration of the life saving procedures; Osborne, Jeri Powtak, Allison Moore, Jason Watson and Dannette Poole.
In other business Council approved $60,000 in capital purchases for the Board of Rescue after Councilman Bill Waldrop made a motion and Councilman Travis Reeder seconded the motion. The purchases were for a variety of stations:
• Station 13 Pomaria: Hurst tools in the amount of $8,500
• Station 14 Newberry: Rehab fan for $1,000, tablet and docking station for $5,000, thermal camera for $1,400, pagers for $900 and personal protective equipment for $1,000.
• Station 15 Chappell: Personal protective equipment for $2,500, computers for $2,000, rescue 152 equipment for $2,000, electronic door locks for $1,200 and binoculars for $800.
• Station 16 Whitmire: Rescue tools (rope, hand tools, lockout kit, trailer) for $1,780, medical equipment (bags, rehab equipment) for $3,320, computers for $1,650, personal protective equipment for $700 and building equipment (chairs, tables and window coverings) for $1,050.
• Station 14 Prosperity: Personal protective equipment for $4,5000 and technical rescue equipment for 170 for $4,000.
• Station 18 Little Mountain: Skid unit sled for $1,600, personal protective equipment for $500 and Hurst air bag set for $6,100.
• Station 19 Lake Murray: Rescue jacks for $5,500 and personal protective equipment for $3,000.
Any extra funds will go toward traffic control equipment and radios for all squads.
In other business, council:
• Held a public hearing and third reading for an ordinance that amends an existing 20 year fee in lieu of tax agreement with West Fraser, which is now committing to invest an additional $33 million under the new agreement.
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