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October 30, 2012
Dallas Fire Dept. wins competition
DALLAS -- The city of Dallas Fire Department came away with three awards while competing in the Lone Star Challenge Vehicle Rescue Competition Oct. 20-21 in New Braunfels, Texas.
Dallas Fire took first place overall, as well as first place in the unlimited category and second place in the limited category. Individual honors were bestowed upon Dallas team members as well: Shaun Wagner was selected as best incident commander and Jesse Friedow was selected as best medic.
Dallas team members included: Captain Shaun Wagner, Fire Engineer/EMT Jesse Friedow, Fire Engineer/EMT Andrew Woolsey, and firefighters Daniel Woolsey, Shawn Stamy, Austin Champ and Richard Alarid.
Teams used basic hand tools, air tools, lifting bags and powered hydraulic tools to rescue a trapped victim in scenarios that ranged from a car that struck a utility pole to a car that was pinched between concrete highway barriers. Each team was given various scenarios with each having a 20-minute time limit. Teams were judged against stringent criteria that evaluate patient safety, use of tools, teamwork, leadership, situational analysis, and safety.
Deputy DA takes position with BOLI
PORTLAND -- Jenn Gaddis, former Polk County chief deputy district attorney, was announced as the new chief prosecutor for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) last week.
"Jenn brings real skill and experience prosecuting cases aggressively," said Oregon Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian.
Gaddis, who started at BOLI on Oct. 22, had worked for the district attorney's office for the last three years. She lost her bid to become Polk DA to Aaron Felton during the primary election in May.
BOLI's chief prosecutor, in addition to taking the lead on select agency cases, oversees the team that prosecutes charges ranging from failure to pay minimum wage, child labor violations and unlawful employment practices to discrimination in housing and public accommodations.
"I've always rooted for the underdog and wanted to stand up for the little guy," Gaddis said. "BOLI is the agency that stands up for workers and other Oregonians who've been treated unfairly."
Polk Democrats will meet Thursday
MONMOUTH -- The Polk County Democratic Central Committee will hold its November meeting Thursday at the Polk County Democrats' Campaign Office, 340 N. Pacific Ave., in Monmouth.
Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: Wanda Davis, 503-508-1428; email to firstname.lastname@example.org; on Facebook at facebook.com/PolkDemsOregon.
Drug court graduation event slated
DALLAS -- Polk County Drug Court will hold its next graduation ceremony Monday following the regular 1:30 p.m. drug court session in Courtroom 1 of the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas.
Seven participants are scheduled to graduate. The ceremony, open to the public, marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment and close supervision.
This is Polk County Drug Court's ninth graduation ceremony since drug court began in July 2005. In that time 55 participants have graduated the program.
All participants receive appropriate drug treatment, submit to random urinalysis, are subject to immediate sanctions, receive incentives, must obtain an Oregon Driver's License, must obtain a GED, must attend 12-step support meetings, meet weekly with their probation officers and treatment counselors, complete parenting classes, complete a job-training program, and attend drug court every week. A participant must have a minimum of 270 days consecutive clean/sober time in the program to graduate with a continuing plan for postgraduate aftercare in place.