Several Daleville emergency medical responders were praised at the Daleville City Council meeting March 5, for saving a man’s life.
Daleville Rescue Squad first responders Lt. Willy Powell, Lt. Jerry Sapp and Lt. Bill Mansfield were honored for their lifesaving actions on Jan. 28.
“There is strength in every individual, but there is tremendous strength when you get together and you work as a team,” Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth said. “This team of officers came together and performed a rescue, what could have been a routine rescue run that became very critical for one citizen, Mr. Knight.”
On Jan. 28, Daleville rescue squad responded to a medical emergency at a local Tae Kwon Do business in Daleville.
When officers arrived on the scene they found Tom Knight unconscious and without a heart beat.
Powell, unwilling to grant someone the loss of life, administered on Knight three sets of electric shocks using an automated external defibrillator.
As a result, Knight’s pulse was successfully re-established.
“Tom Knight is alive and well today because of Lt. Powell’s commitment to life saving procedures,” Wigglesworth said. “Lt. Powell’s sense of duty and professionalism is commendable, and of course Lt. Powell was not alone that day, with him were Lt. Sapp and Lt. Mansfield who together as a team were able to save a life.”
Knight was present at the meeting and said a few words.
“The words on that plaque hardly do justice for what these men did for me,” he said. “My heart stopped not once, not twice, but three times — it is no small miracle that I’m here today.”
Knight became emotional as he introduced his daughter, Hannah, to the crowd and thanked the officers.
“My heart goes out to these three men for the duty and the dedication,” he said.
Knight said the experience has changed him as a person and has given him a greater appreciation for life.
All three responders were presented with a certificate from the mayor.
In other news, Wigglesworth announced the Dale County tag renewal office in Ozark may be expanding to Daleville.
For years people have had to wait in the long lines at the tag renewal office, but now Dale County commissioners are looking to open a satellite office at the Daleville City Hall and in Pickard or Midland City.
Commissioners have also decided to waive the $2 mail in fee, which has been in place for 20 years.
Residents can now send in all paperwork and payments to the tag office for free as long as everything is turned in by the 20th of each month.
Commissioners plan to make a final decision on the satellite offices within the next few weeks.
In other business, councilmembers approved a policy for the use of the Daleville Cultural and Convention Center.
The policy included items such as the cost for a profit or non-profit organization to use the facility, security and alcohol procedures and event insurance.
Wigglesworth said residents who want to deviate from the plan can do so by coming before city council with a proposition.
Councilmembers also approved a job description and salary for the director of the Daleville Senior Citizens Center.
The salary for the director was raised to $10 an hour. Current Daleville Senior Citizens Center Director Laura Leger is expected to receive compensation for the pay increase.
The Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation recently announced they are going to develop a retail plan for Daleville and Ozark.
City council members approved a motion for the ODEDC to create a strategic retail-marketing plan for three years for a cost of $9,000 per year.
Councilman Bob Slagle abstained his vote.
The total cost of the plan is $36,000, but three private utility companies have offered to pay $18,000 and Daleville and Ozark have agreed to split the other $18,000.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kay Kirkland also addressed the board with a few announcements.
A volunteer workday for general clean up of the ChoctawPoochie Dog Park will take place March 16.
The Daleville Chamber of Commerce will also host a hot dog sale on the field next to Aero Real Estate April 6, to raise money for the park. Money raised will go toward the up keeping and maintenance of the dog park.
Kirkland said arrangements are still being made for the Fort Rucker Appreciation softball game between Daleville officials and 1-223rd Aviation Regiment.
The council also announced and/or approved the following:
- A liquor license was approved for El Mariachi in Daleville.
- Polyengineering, Inc., of Dothan, has reviewed the heating and air in Daleville City Hall and the Daleville Department of Public Safety buildings and has provided a heating, ventilation and air condition report to the council. The HVAC review will be sent out for bids.
- Councilmembers approved to place a 1992 blue Nissan pickup and a 1989 white Mazda pickup for auction through Govdeals.com.
- Coucilmembers also approved to sign over a title for 1999 Ford Crown Victoria to the town of Newton and to donate a Pioneer 10 gallon gasoline paint sprayer to the Daleville City Schools System.
- Bids to replace the tiles on the front porch of city hall have been sent out. The tiles need to be replaced for safety reasons.
- Daleville Public Safety officer Sgt. Wayne Stripling is the new code enforcement officer for the city.
- Board appointments are still available for the Industrial Development Board and Tree City Board. For more information on board appointments, call Daleville City Hall at 334-598-2344.
The Daleville City Council will meet again at 5:30 p.m., March 19, at Daleville City Hall.