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Officers recognized for good samaritan deeds

by Dolores Hamilton
Several Iowa Park police officers were recognized at Monday’s city council meeting for aide rendered to stranded motorists during the past week and for work involving burglary of a home and recovery of most of the stolen items.

A letter expressing their gratitude was read from a Vernon couple who were going through Iowa Park and had a blowout on U.S. 287. The 82-year-old husband was having a difficult time changing the tire. Iowa Park Police Officers Terry Wooten and Jerzy Bider parked behind the couple’s car with their patrol lights flashing to alert approaching traffic of the problem and changed the tire in a short amount of time.

In another case, the council heard a recording of a phone call received by Police Chief Robert Johnson from a mother of five children whose car broke down on U.S. 287 on the western outskirts of the city. They were stranded for four hours in the heat of the day without air conditioning, money, or way to call for help.

The mother said four state troopers had passed by without stopping, then Iowa Park Police Officers Jimmy Skinner and Stephen Jones stopped to see if she had a problem. They pushed her car into a parking lot and found a cool place for them to stay while the car was being worked on. O’Reilly’s Auto Parts furnished the part and repaired the vehicle free of charge, and the mother and children were sent on their way.

The mother said the officers had saved her and the children’s lives. “I had no money, no one to call,” she said. “Those men saved our lives.”

“I am amazed at your men. If every cop was that way, you wouldn’t hear the bad things,” she continued. “They went above and beyond. They didn’t think they did anything, but they changed my life yesterday.”

Wally Grider had asked to be placed on the council’s agenda to offer his appreciation to the police department for its work following the burglary of his home and recovery of much of the stolen property.

Grider was unable to be at the meeting, but the council recognized the officers that worked the case. They were Lt. Jimmy Eaton, Sgt. Sherry Fowler, Sgt. Steve Davis, and Officers Chris Kelmer, Stephen Jones, Jerzy Bider and Terry Wooten
In a public hearing on a manufactured housing-type structure at 802 S. Bond, the council found the building to be a “Substandard Structure.” Because the husband of one of the owners is deployed with the military and won’t be home until the middle of September, the owners were given 10 days to clean up the property and secure the structure and until Oct. 15 to get it leveled, siding put on, and a privacy fence built. If the work is not completed by that time, they were told to come back before the council to ask for an extension.

In other business, two bids were received for vehicle and equipment motor fuel, and Scobee’s Mini Mart, with the low bid, was awarded the contract.

A resolution was passed authorizing the mayor and city manage to utilize and automatic check signer for payroll and accounts payable checks.

After meeting for an hour in closed session to consult with the city’s legal counsel on pending litigation concerning Ronnie Boren, Plaintiff vs. Stephen Jones and Jimmy Skinner, the council took no action.

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