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Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:33 AM

DEAR EDITOR,

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

Ottoville

 
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Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:03 AM

DEAR EDITOR,

A simple Thank You doesn’t seem enough to say to those whose hard work and dedication made this past weekend’s Canal Days Festival such a huge success. It starts with the Canal Days Committee and continues with the hundreds of others who sold food, ran pageants, organized events, manned museums and art shows, cleaned up or just simply helped. You all exemplify the great, indomitable spirit of Delphos.

And finally, Krendl, or as most people around here know him, Paul Krendl Not only is he an incredibly talented illusionist and entertainer, he is also a genuinely good guy. After Saturday evening’s performance, he stayed after the show to sign autographs and have pictures taken until the last person left nearly 40 minutes later. And he did it all with a big smile and genuine enthusiasm. Very proud he’s a Delphos kid.

To those who simply enjoyed the weekend, next year step up and lend a hand. Be part of something great!

Bob Ebbeskotte

Delphos

 
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Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:03 AM

DEAR EDITOR:

As a citizen of Delphos and a member of Delphos City Council, I am writing this letter in support of the 1/4 percent income tax proposal on the November ballot. This 1/4 percent income tax would cost a wage earner $2.50 on every $1,000 earned.

I originally ran for City Council more than 14 years ago because I enjoy living in Delphos and raising my family here and I thought I could make a difference. The 1/4 percent income tax will not solve all of our problems over night but it will get us headed in the right direction. Over the past 14 years on Council, I feel I have made a real effort to make the right decisions on issues before Council. It certainly has been my intent to make decisions based on what is right for the City of Delphos.

I am asking for your support for the 1/4 percent income tax when you go to the polls on Nov. 5 to make sure Delphos continues to be a city we can all be proud of.

Thanks for your support,

Kevin Osting

Councilman at Large

 
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Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:02 AM

DEAR EDITOR:

On July 29 of this year one of our worst fears occurred; a fire at our home. I have dealt with the Delphos Fire and Rescue employees for many years in the capacity of having them teach the preschool children at Kreative Learning where I have worked for the past 16 years. Having Kevin Streets teach the little kids about safety and what to do if there is a fire is priceless when it comes to your child surviving a fire.

You never really think you will have a fire at your house. I guess what you really call it is praying you never have a fire. When it happens, you realize how valuable time is. Time is everything when you are trying to keep your house from burning to the ground. Handling the thoughts after the safety of the firemen leave your home is not easy. Trying to sleep that night waking up wondering if the fire will start back up, (even though Bunny checked the walls with the thermal sensor) is something you have a hard time dealing with. Making your 20-year-old college student sleep downstairs that very night so you can get her out if it comes back. These are all things every person must deal with when having a fire at their home.

On Sept. 8, we once again needed the services of the First Responder and EMT personnel when our son broke his tibia and fibula and needed to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. Again, time was imperative.

I have been reading some of the comments in The Delphos Herald concerning police and fire rescue. I would like to ask the citizens of the Delphos voting district: Can you really afford to wait 20-25 minutes for the fire department to reach your house? We live six miles from the fire department it took the fire department approximately 11 minutes to reach our house. I truly believe that the metal roof on our house was what kept it from being burnt to the ground in those 11 short minutes until the fire department was here to do what they do best.

When our son broke his leg, the first responder was here within 13 minutes. If you are having a massive heart attack do you think time will be important? Of course it will.

No one ever wants to use the services of the Delphos Fire and Rescue but the fact is we will use them.

It may be your house next time, or your loved one who is hurt.

I do not pretend to have any answers for the budget issues in the city of Delphos but I can tell you from personal experience, cutting our fire and rescue or police department is very disturbing to me. I ask everyone to look deep, ask yourselves do we need to cut fire, police, EMT or do we need to see where the waste really is within the city? Is the fact that some people are focusing on the overtime for the fire department or the fact that we have so many police officers really the problem? Will that fix the budget? Maybe this year but what about next year? Does this mean relying on volunteers will be our only option?

People of Delphos, I ask you to really think about taking away Delphos Fire and Rescue or Delphos Police department employees. Ask yourselves if you are going to want time on your side when you need one of these departments or do you want to have everyone with a scanner in town to keep saying please, please someone get to those people in need and 20 minutes later still saying that same prayer because that is what happens when you move to an all-volunteer department. That is what I do when I hear some of the neighboring towns call out for their department assistance of volunteers.

Please understand I am not saying volunteers are not where it is at, they, too, serve a very important purpose in our community.

Look for the fat elsewhere in the city. I am sure there is plenty of other positions that our city can live without.

Sincerely,

Brenda Hoersten

Delphos

 
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Saturday, September 07, 2013 12:24 AM

DEAR EDITOR,

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Gold in September stands for kids with cancer. An opportunity is available to you to raise awareness and support for these special kids.

An organization called CureSearch holds an event called CureSearch Walk to raise money and awareness. This is a nonprofit organization that funds life-saving research through the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). There are more than 200 children’s cancer centers across the U.S. Some of these centers include Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, Toledo Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s Hospital. CureSearch is a research organization that is strictly dedicated to research of children’s cancers. Ninety-six percent of all money raised goes directly to research. Several individuals who partner with CureSearch are the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and major league baseball player Craig Breslow’s Strike 3 Foundation.

There are several walks to be held in the next few weeks. Today, one is being held in Toledo and one is taking place on Sunday in Fort Wayne. Dayton is hosting a walk in mid-September and Columbus will offer one on Oct. 4 in conjunction with an evening at the zoo. For a complete list of walks or to donate, please log on to www.curesearchwalk.org.

In memory of my granddaughter, Alivia, who passed at the age of 3 in 2011, I have donated to CureSearch. Won’t you join me in raising money and raising awareness for the need to find cures for children’s cancers?

Sincerely,

Betty Shobe

Delphos

 
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