Safety first for Henry County departments

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Henry County departments are preparing for the worst while hoping for the best with CPR and active shooter training and investment in Stop the Bleed kits.

Department heads gave routine updates during a Board of Supervisors meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2, discussing ways to keep their departments and county safer.

Walt Jackson, Henry County Emergency Management coordinator, recently became the third certified in active shooter civilian response training (ALICE). A Mt. Pleasant Police officer and Winfield resident are also certified in the training.

Working with Public Health, Emergency Management also outfitted all Sheriff?s office deputy vehicles with Stop the Bleed kits purchased with grants. Jackson said Public Health helped save the Sheriff?s Office quite a bit of money while helping out the county.

?It?s a piece of equipment we hope we never use, but it will be great if we need it,? Sheriff Rich McNamee said. ?It will help preserve life.?

Additionally, Jacob Dodds, with Henry County Health Center, will be offering a first aid CPR refresher class for county employees in August. The class is not a CPR certification class.

The class is being offered on the heels of an incident last month where CPR may have saved the life of a county employee. ?You never know who or when might need it,? Jackson said.

The Sheriff?s Office kept busy in July with 100 more calls received than a year ago and 1,000 more calls received than two years ago. ?Business is increasing as we talk,? McNamee said.

Many of the calls received in the past few weeks have been ?needless mishaps,? McNamee said, harping for the second month in a row on the need for residents to be aware of silly mistakes that are costing lives daily.

Speeding, not wearing seat belts, texting, impaired and reckless driving and train track crossing are all recent mistakes that have caused fatalities in Henry County over the last several weeks and can easily be avoided, McNamee said.

In other news, Henry County property owners will be receiving property tax assessments next week. Henry County treasurer Ana Lair noted that residents can find the amount of their tax dollars going toward the construction of the Henry County Law Enforcement Center under line item ?County Debt Service/LEC.?

Roger Pittsenbarger, with Henry County Veterans Affairs, announced that they have received $10,000 allocated from the state of Iowa. This is in comparison to the $9,750 received last year.