Courts Police and Fire

No injuries following bicycle/pedestrian accident

There were no injuries following a bicycle/vehicle crash last week.
According to Tolono Police Department reports, Jordan Ward, 17, of Tolono, was riding a black mountain bike west on Walnut Street at 6:13 p.m. on Aug. 2 and stopped for a stop sign at U.S. 45.  Ward said he looked both ways before proceeding into the intersection.

Training teaches about AirLife helicopter safety

A total of 20 firefighters from local departments joined in the AirLife Landing Zone (LZ) training on June 24 in Sidney.
Members from Homer, Longview, St. Joseph-Stanton and Sidney fire departments were present. Lt. Grant Bennett of the Sidney fire department and the AirLife staff organized the training.

Read the full story in the July 13 issue of The County Star.

Training burn makes room for future

Firefighters had the chance to hone their firefighting abilities while helping to advance the village’s plans for the future recently.
The former village hall at 114 W. Church St. was burned down, as part of a planned burn to make room for new development.  

Tolono department has blood drive; encourages others

The Tolono Fire Protection District marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001, by hosting its second annual blood drive.
The department collected a total of 25 donations.
The fire protection district challenged all of the other Champaign County fire departments to provide donors to Community Blood Services.

New law to help fire and rescue departments, severely allergic

Legislation aimed at saving lives for those suffering life-threatening allergic reactions, as well as helping local fire and rescue departments keep spending in line, was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner Aug. 19. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Search and rescue team trains

The Champaign County Search and Rescue (SAR) team conducted an urban search exercise on the morning of July 9 in Tolono.
A command post was set up in the parking lot near the small ball diamond at West Side Park and did some planning before the searchers arrived.
The SAR team used a scenario in which a 5-year-old autistic child went missing.

Children’s hospital fundraiser held

The Savoy fire department recently partnered with Circle K in Savoy to raise funds for St. John’s Children’s Hospital.
The May 28 event at the convenience store featured a cookout, basketball shoot-out and washing pets for donations to the Springfield hospital. The goal was to raise $2,000, according to Circle K manager Vickie Hasten.

Neighborhood watch started in Prairie Fields

The Prairie Fields subdivision has started a neighborhood watch program.
Prairie Fields Homeowners Association board president PJ Trautman said the idea to form a neighborhood watch was spurred by discussion on a neighborhood social networking service about some crimes in Prairie Fields, nearby neighborhoods and at the Village at Colbert Park and The Place at 117 apartment complexes.

Open house scheduled for Tolono’s new east side fire station

The public will get its first glimpse inside the new east side fire station on March 29.
The fire department is hosting an open house from 3 to 5 p.m., featuring tours and refreshments.
“The big thing I want to do is thank the community,” Assistant Fire Chief Chris Humer said.

Read the full story in the March 19 issue of The County Star.

Unity graduated honored with sheriff’s Deputy of the Year award

A Unity High School graduate was recognized with the Deputy of the Year award at the Champaign County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting on Jan. 26.
Doug Bialeschki is a member of the sheriff’s office’s color guard as well as the METRO SWAT team.
“Year after year, for 20 years, he has always gone way out of his way,” Sheriff Dan Walsh said.

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