Local briefs from around Flagler County
American Legion donates to Special Olympics
American Legion Post 115, at its recent Sept. 9 Monday meeting, presented a donation to the Flagler County Special Olympics.
Post 115 presented a check worth $3558.04 from two days' worth of fundraising over the Labor Day weekend by Post 115 member volunteers.
Denise Breneman accepted the check on behalf of the Flagler County Special Olympics from Post 115 First Vice Commander Joe Pepin.
Medical emergency at Palm Coast Aquatic Center
A medical emergency involving an unconscious pool patron occurred at Palm Coast Aquatic Center Sunday, Aug. 18.
Lifeguards activated the emergency action plan (EAP) when they discovered the patient in the pavilion. They cleared the swimming pool and assessed her, checking for breathing and pulses after determining unresponsiveness.
A registered nurse arrived to assist and indicated that the patient’s pulse was slowing. Lifeguards applied the automated external defibrillator (AED) and placed the patient on a backboard, standing ready and monitoring her until she regained consciousness. At that point, the lifeguards began to assess her past pertinent medical history, until the Palm Coast Fire Department arrived. The staff who worked to stabilize the medical incident included: Alma Rock-Yanochko, recreation supervisor of aquatics; Julia Ladd, lead lifeguard; and lifeguards Cayo Diaz, Daniel Spair and Jericho Taylor.
Vehicle fire on US 1
A local man’s pickup truck caught fire while he was traveling on U.S. 1, north of Matanzas Woods. Joel Wirzman, a city employee, noticed the fire as he was driving by and chose to stop to assist the motorist..
According to the citizen, Joel suppressed the fire with the spray from a tank of water before the Palm Coast Fire Department arrived. Joel also made sure there were no chemicals in the truck that could be exposed to the fire. The citizen stated he felt extremely blessed and thankful that the city worker was there, because the fire had engulfed his entire vehicle.
The citizen said he had wood in the back that caught on fire, but that the wood was salvageable because of Joel’s actions.
AAUW Flagler receives award
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Flagler was presented with the Excellence Gold Star Award at its September general meeting by Dr. Maria P. Barbosa from District 5 of the Flagler County School Board.
The award, proposed for local organizations by Barbosa, recognizes AAUW Flagler for the“dedication, service and assistance” the branch affords to its Tech Trek scholarship recipients.
Since 2013, AAUW Flagler has provided Flagler County middle school girls with the opportunity to attend Tech Trek camp in Florida. While at camp, girls are given the chance to “build model bridges, program robotic cars, create computer applications, become a marine biologist for the day and explore energy through the power of wind.”
For the past six years, the branch has sponsored a local Flagler County student to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, a three-day event held at the University of Maryland designed to encourage leadership for women.
FPC hosts state fire marshal director
State Fire Marshal Director Julius Halas took time during a visit to Flagler County on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to visit the students in the Flagler Palm Coast High School Fire Leadership Academy flagship program.
He spoke to the students about the importance of fire and medical services in a community and lauded the students' hard work at such an early age, highlighting how this will help them moving forward.
“You have the opportunity to get to know each other over these four years and build a special bond that will last throughout your careers," Halas said. “You’ve got four years to learn this, to put your skills and knowledge to use so you’ll be better prepared for those first weeks on the job.”
The flagship program is a joint effort between Flagler Schools and local fire municipalities: Flagler County Fire Rescue, the Palm Coast Fire Department and the Flagler Beach Fire Department. Chief Don Petito of Flagler County Fire Rescue is already seeing the partnership pay dividends.
“We have two graduates from last year that are going through the process that we are probably going to hire," he said. "And I believe they’ll be outstanding employees.”