Update for Monday, October 1, 2018

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MAN RESCUED FROM TRASH COMPACTOR – A coordinated effort by first responders freed a Wise County dump employee that got stuck in a compactor at the Decatur dump Saturday afternoon. Larry Stevens was the sole employee working at the dump when his leg got ensnared in a cardboard recycling compactor around 2:20 p.m., said interim Public Works Director Glenn Hughes. Stevens was extricated from the compactor and transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth around 3:40 p.m. Shortly after being pinned, firefighters from Decatur Fire Department sawed a hole in the top of the compactor and began working to clear debris blocking Stevens’ foot. It took around an hour of intensive work to free him. “Between the county rescue trucks and Decatur fire, we were able to cut a hole in the top of the container and offload cardboard from the top and from the inside on the civilian low side to free him up,” Decatur Fire Captain Nate Mara said. “You don’t train on this every day,” Mara added. “We just treated it like a confined space rescue. We put a couple of plans into play. One from the top and one from the bottom. EMS did a great job of keeping him stable, and we were able to offload that cardboard and get him out.” Additionally, Oncor Electric employees cut off power to the dump to aid in the rescue, and Decatur PD helped in the extrication effort. Hughes said the dump will be closed until further notice.

CLAY SHOOT TEAM – The Decatur Clay Target team is seeking members. Any Wise County high school student eighth grade and above can join. An informational meting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur High School Lecture Hall. Parents are also invited. Call Coach Jason Ticknor, 817-319-8719.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Parkinson’s Support Group meets 6 p.m. Tuesday at 609 Medical Center Drive, the old Fit-N-Wise. This month will feature a guest speaker.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

WHS AUXILIARY RECEPTION – Wise Health System Auxiliary invites the public to join them for refreshments 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday in the WHS cafeteria, 609 Medical Center Dr., in Decatur. Find out what the auxiliary does and how to volunteer. The weekend Messenger incorrectly stated this event is Tuesday.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Bridgeport today. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. The class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the prediabetes class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Wise Clinical Care, 2202 U.S. 380 No. 112. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

DECATUR NIGHT OUT – Decatur will host National Night Out 6-8 p.m. Tuesday on the Decatur Square. The event will include free hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn, ice cream, jump house, child fingerprint ID, distracted driving simulator and the Decatur Fire Department Clown Show.

4-H EXPLOSION – Wise County 4-H Explosion is 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The event will showcase everything offered by Wise County 4-H. There will be a free meal, door prizes and games. RSVP by calling 940-627-3341.

CHAMBER LUNCH – Wise County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Chico City Hall. Guest speaker will be Sandy Storm, author of “Hello Navi – A Novella about Human Trafficking.” Prepay for your tickets online at www.WiseCountyChamber.com under “Event Tickets.” Tickets at the door are $15. RSVP via email to info@wisecountychamber.com.

PROPERTY RIGHTS GROUP MEETING – Wise Citizens for Property Rights will have a group meeting at 6 p.m. today at Bridgeport Lions Hall. The meeting is open to anyone in the county wanting to learn more about the upcoming election.

FUNERALS – Services for J.E. Carson, 89; Tracy Johnson, 43; and Emma Grace Sandlin, 3 months, all of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ima Ruth Sherman, 80, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

SERVICE for Cyrus W. Farver, 82, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Decatur Bible Church with family burial at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Austin Horton Eustace, 87, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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