Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – December 21


Life saving

Thumbs-up to Aaron Wilkins who used the lifesaving skills he received from an American Red Cross Training Services class to save the life of Ed Chambers of Seymour after he became unresponsive and began turning blue while exercising at a local gym. Rather than wait on EMTs, Wilkins gathered the gym’s AED and began his CPR training. EMTs arrived a short time later and the Chambers was rushed to the hospital. He is now recovering after two major surgeries. On Decc. 13, the Red Cross recognized Wilkins with its Extraordinary Action Award ‘for selfless and humane action in saving a life.’

Flying high

Thumbs-up to 16-year-old Seymour Boy Scout Xander Goode who recently earned scouting’s highest rank by completing his Eagle Scout project. That project involved the creation of a flight simulator to be used by visitors to Freeman Army Airfield Museum to give them an idea what it’s like to fly some of the World War II-era aircraft featured in the museum.

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Supreme students

Thumb-up to the three Brownstown Central Community School Corp. Students of the Month for November. The three, recognized during December’s school board meeting, were Cole DeWeese, a fifth grader at the elementary school; Jackson Hartley, an eighth-grader at the middle school; and Ethan Wischmeier, a senior at the high school.

Helping hands

Thumbs-up to fourth graders at Seymour-Redding Elementary School who recently made 80 goodie bags filled with socks, hats, gloves, snacks and other items for the newly created Cold Night Out shelter and Double Down Outreach. A similar thumbs-up to Jennifer Regruth’s fourth grade class at Brown Elementary School, who also made goodie bags for the same programs that help those in need in the community.

A Christmas tradition

Thumbs-up to the 50 to 60 volunteers who showed up at Rockford United Methodist Church during two recent work days to make blankets for those in need at Anchor House Family Assistance Center & Pantry, The Alley, Todd’s Place Transitional Housing and Detox Facility and Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center. A year ago, volunteers made 160 blankets. A related thumbs-up to the church at 1934 N. Ewing St., which does not organize the event but provides the space for the work and many of the volunteers to help make the blankets in what has become a Christmas tradition.

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