Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – August 25



Thumbs-up to Sgt. Brandon White and Officer Seth Sage with Seymour Police Department for their work in ensuring a 1-year-old child survived a near drowning incident Aug. 13 in a swimming pool at a home on the city’s west side. Both White and Sage have medical training that made it even more fortunate that they were near answering a another call when the near drowning occurred.


Thumbs-up to neighbors, Justin and Glenda Asher and Shawn Miskell, for pulling 37-year-old Crystal Beem out of the front window of her burning home at 316 Kessler Blvd. Their quick actions prevented Beem from sustaining serious injuries or perhaps perishing in the fire. A related thumbs-up to Seymour officer Ben Miller and Devlin McMindes and Cpl. Devin Cornwell for risking their lives to pull Beem’s roommate, 37-year-old Nicholas East, who was already dead, out of the home’s attached garage.

Helping out

Thumbs-up to the private drone operators who helped Seymour police search for a man threatening to harm himself Aug. 17 in a cornfield north of Freeman Field Recreation Area. Police credit the two drone owners for helping bring the search to a successful completion.

Giving back

Thumbs-up to the 70 or so Cummins Inc. employees who recently spent a steamy 90-day using trimmers, brooms, rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows to complete projects at the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour. The 70 are part of a group 120 people who work for Cummins’ Suppy Chain Capability in the United States or abroad. They meet once a year in Columbus to do volunteer work in the area. After completing a busy day of work, the Cummins Inc. employee spent time with the kids at the club, playing Jeopardy!, Pictionary, Shipwreck and dodgeball. The kids also received chocolate treats and had an opportunity to win Cummins T-shirts.


Thumbs-up to the volunteers who are the lifeblood of Reins to Recovery Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center near Seymour. Because of their work, the new indoor arena has water and electricity lines, six horse stalls are in place in another barn, trees and brush have been cleared from the miniature horse area and a memorial garden for one of the facility’s horses exists out front.

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