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Two honored for attempts to save drowning boy

by Dolores Hamilton
Teenagers Sydney Miser of Burkburnett and Dustin Flippin of Wichita Falls were recognized Monday night for outstanding community service by the Iowa Park City Council.
They were at Middle Lake (Lake Iowa Park) last week when Flippin carried seven-year-old Michael Don Ondricek out of the water after he found him floating face down. Miser immediately started CPR and continued until first responders arrived.
City Manager Jerry Flemming told the audience that there are a lot of heroes in the community including police officers and paramedics and EMT’s. Referring to Miser and Flippin, Flemming said, “They took action, did the right thing, and they are heroes in this community, and also role models for young people and adults alike. If there’s anybody who’s never been certified in first aid and CPR, I strongly recommend you do so.”
Mayor Pro tem Sherrie Williams presented the two with certificates recognizing them for Outstanding Community Service.
Five public hearings were held to determine if structures on each of the properties should be declared a “Substandard Structure.” All five structures were found to be substandard and council took the following action:
103 W. Aldine - detached secondary structure. The son and daughter of the owner said they are planning to do the work and were given 60 days to abate the structure.
107 Hope Lane - wooden/brick residential structure has been declared substandard twice before. The new owners failed to do repairs and sold the property a year ago. The new owners were given 45 days to abate the structure.
206 N. Bell Road - detached wooden accessory structure. Owner asked for 45 days and this was approved.
314 E. Aldine - wooden residential structure and two detached accessory buildings. The owner said he has started moving what he wants to keep and has hired someone to tear down the structures. He was given 45 days.
1002 S. Wall - manufactured housing structure that has been vacant since 1998. The owner was given 45 days to abate.
In other business, the city manager was authorized to pay $9,560.25 for repairs to the steel wheel roller, and $10,000 for a system upgrade at the ground storage pump station.
Council approved a schedule for budget preparation, and a date to tour the water treatment facilities.