Thu, April 09

Public safety awards on Clarkdale agenda
Special meeting set for Tuesday in Clubhouse

CLARKDALE - Mayor Doug Von Gausig will present public safety awards during Tuesday afternoon's special meeting of the town council.

Two recent incidents - a major apartment fire Dec. 27, and a motorcycle collision Jan. 1 - are the basis for the awards. The mayor will present six police department awards and then ask the fire chief of the Clarkdale Fire District to present a fire district award.

The town will honor two police officers and four residents of the apartment complex.

Officer Robert Church will receive a Lifesaving Award for making the decision to commence continuous chest compressions on the victim of the motorcycle crash.

Officer Tom Nester will be honored with the Police Star Medal for performing in a stressful situation with exceptional actions, at some risk to his own safety during the apartment fire.

Residents Brad Dangler, Barney McElvoy and Alison Watkins will all receive Valorous Conduct Awards for actions during the apartment fire. The Valorous Conduct Award is the highest award given to a non-police employee, and it is for demonstrating "exceptional courage by performing a voluntary action in an extremely dangerous situation." The same conduct by a police employee would earn the Medal of Valor.

Resident Leah McCullough will receive the Meritorious Conduct Award for a non-police employee. The same conduct by a police employee would result in awarding the Police Star.

Also on Tuesday's agenda will be an update by the utilities director on the status of the wastewater treatment plant.

A work session is scheduled to discuss the second quarter fiscal year 2011-2012 budget.

The council will meet at 3 p.m. in the Men's Lounge of the Clark Memorial Clubhouse at 19 N. Ninth St.

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