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Officer honored by association

Police Chief Robert McCormick, Sergeant Chris Edwards, Brian Fengel and Mayor David Slagel.

In a rather short pre-Independence Day meeting Wednesday night, the Fairbury City Council watched an officer receive a lifesaving award and viewed a giant map of the city.

Brian Fengel, president for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, presented Sergeant Chris Edwards with a lifesaving award. According to Fengel, Edwards’ nomination met the criteria for the honor. Edwards responded to an overdose call where the subject showed no signs of life so he administered Narcan, which is used as an overdose reversal.

“Through your calm, professional and enthusiastic efforts and with the assistance of Officer Hartman, you were instrumental in the lifesaving efforts made that day to revive the victim,” stated a letter from Michael J.L. Gillette, chairman of the ILACP Awards Committee.

In another matter, Fairbury ESDA director Deb Moran displayed a large map to council members. The map is to be used in a time of disaster telling residents where to go or what areas were impacted by a disaster.

“It also has our shelters listed so everybody knows where everything is,” Moran explained.

The map will be used for disaster meetings and drills and can be transported anywhere since it folds up into a case. According to Moran, Kyle Kuzmich of Aftershock Decals and Design was instrumental in designing the map.

Aldermen decided to hold off on considering a bid from Big Dog Power Washing for work near the pool since spring would be a better time of year for the project. The company will power wash the Boys and Girls Club restrooms and wash all of the areas around the pool including the picnic tables. A wire brush will be used on the handrails to prepare for new paint.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the Fairbury City Council:

-Adopted a reciprocal agreement between the Illinois Department of Revenue and the city for sales and telecommunications taxes authorizing Dale Diller and Brett Ashburn to view financial information on behalf of the city.

-Amended an ordinance fixing the compensation of certain city employees.

-Approved the consent agenda, which included the June 19 meeting minutes, overtime report and a sidewalk request for 570 square feet at 203 East Maple Street.

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