A volunteer paramedic with Keizer Fire District was honored for her life-saving efforts in Salem last week.
On Jan. 2, Samantha Howell, an employee of Pioneer Trust Bank in Salem and a KFD volunteer, was working when a 78-year-old man collapsed and stopped breathing.
Howell immediately started CPR and directed staff members at the bank to use the automatic external defibrillator (AED) that was in place at the bank while emergency responders from the Salem Fire Department and Rural Metro Ambulance were en route.
With the help of bank co-workers Mary Ann Vansend, Kellie Alexander, John Willburn, Lisa Edmiston, Marianne Alexander and Pilar Olivera, Howell was able to perform CPR and successfully defibrillate the victim, restoring his pulse and breathing within three minutes.
Emergency responders arrived and continued patient care while transporting the man to Salem Hospital where he underwent cardiac surgery and was later released.
SFD Chief Mike Niblock met with the bank employees and presented letters of commendation and Salem Fire challenge coins, acknowledging their life-saving actions and teamwork. Niblock highlighted the bank employees’ actions as a part of the chain of survival in a cardiac emergency. He also recognized Pioneer Trust Bank for their demonstrated commitment to community safety by maintaining an AED and training their employees in CPR.
“Immediate recognition of the emergency, coupled with quick 9-1-1 notification, early CPR, and early defibrillation, are foundational in the survival of cardiac arrest,” he said.
Keizer’s Uptown Music will be saying goodbye to founder Jim Nardi at a special free event Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.
The 24th anniversary celebration and 3rd Wednesday Night Jam takes place at Uptown Music, located at 3827 River Road North.
Nardi opened Uptown Music in 1991 and sold the business to longtime employee Paul Elliott last March. While Elliott has been the owner for nearly a year, Nardi has stayed on and helped Elliott ease into the new role.
Nardi is leaving by the end of the month, so the staff decided to show its appreciation with a party for him and his wife, Sylvia.
There will be performances by Nardi, the regular 3rd Wednesday Night sign-ups and special guest Mayor Cathy Clark. There will also be cake served.
Those who can’t come are encouraged to leave a post for the Nardis on the Uptown Music Facebook page (www.facebook.com/uptownmusic).
For more information about Wednesday’s event, contact Elliott or Janis Elders at 503-393-4437.
McNary High School junior Madi Hingston accounted for almost half the Lady Celts’ points in a 70-46 loss to South Salem High School in varsity basketball Tuesday, Feb. 3.
“As a group it wasn’t a very pretty game, but Madi showed the most offensive aggression we’ve seen from her (against South) and was really a standout player for us,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach.
Handley said the team had a one-point lead in the sixth minute of the game, but the Saxons ended the frame with a run and the Celts could never quite catch up after that.
“We had several key players in foul trouble early, including Kaelie Flores, who didn’t spend a lot of time on the floor for us,” Handley said. “They were able to challenge our shots which limited our ability to get any consistency going on offense.”
Flores has been an increasingly important part of the roster on both offense and defense for McNary this season.
After Hingston, Flores was the top scorer for McNary with 13 points; Emma Jones had eight; Sydney Hunter had six; and Jasmine Ernest had four.
Hingston followed up her big night against South by scoring more than half the Celtic points in a 61-54 loss to West Albany High School Friday, Feb. 6. She poured in 23 points, including 5 of 8 from the three-point range.
“We were hoping to pressure their ball handlers a little more with our press and half court defense, but the lack of ball pressure allowed them to limit turnovers. We played pretty sound defense, but with their shooters you can’t give them an inch,” Handley said. “We had a few turnovers early in the third quarter and they were able to build up a 13-point lead.”
The team made it a goal to cut the lead to single digits by the end of the frame. They got
Pillow talk in the Lee household revolves around children.
No, Chuck and Krina Lee aren’t talking about their children at 3 a.m. They are talking about all students in the Salem-Keizer School District – a district Chuck has wanted to be called Keizer-Salem for years.
That dedication to students led to the local “education power couple” being jointly awarded the Service to Education Award at the Jan. 31 Keizer First Citizen Awards Banquet.
The Lees received their clock award from Ron Hittner, the 2013 recipient of the award, who noted the service both Lees have done individually over the past decades. That includes Chuck’s time at Blanchet Catholic School, which saw large growth under his leadership.
“I had a front row seat to his commitment,” Hittner said. “Chuck’s decisions were always made with children as the top priority. It always came down to what’s best for the kids.”
Hittner pointed out the Lees continue to be committed to education, even after all they’ve accomplished. Krina, executive director of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, was instrumental in getting the Crystal Apple and Awesome 3000 awards programs going, while Chuck is a longtime member of the Salem-Keizer School Board.
“Even with all they’ve accomplished already, they both continue to spend countless hours leading our community constantly to improve our educational environment,” Hittner said.
Chuck joked about why he joined the school board seven years ago.
“My only real goal has been to change the name from Salem-Keizer School Board to Keizer-Salem School Board,” he quipped. “In all seriousness, this is an incredible award. Thank you very much. I love Keizer. I love representing Keizer on the school board and being involved in education.
“What happens at home is reinforced at school and what happens at school is reinforced at home,” he added. “In Keizer we’ve got that. We’ve got a great community that is really tied into what we’re talking about.”
Krina joked “pillow talk” in the Lee household revolves around testing assessments, SAT scores and bond measures – at 3 a.m.
“Every child, every day deserves the opportunity to be awesome,” Krina said. “Thank you to each and every one of you for acknowledging that and knowing that. We love you, we love each other and we love so much advocating for our children.”
Other nominees for the award were Keizer Heritage Center’s JoAnne Beilke (the 1990 Keizer First Citizen), Whiteaker Middle School teacher Scott Coburn, McNary High School teacher Jim Taylor (a President’s Award winner last year) and former MHS principal John Honey, now the principal at the Career and Technology Education Center (CTEC).
Chuck paid homage to his fellow nominees.
“They deserve it as much as I do. I personally nominated JoAnne Beilke for this award four years ago for her service and commitment to Keizer and Chemeketa Community College,” Chuck said afterwards. “I currently am working with John Honey on CTEC. I’ve only heard amazing things about the Whiteaker teacher. He’s a kid magnet. These are all brilliant, brilliant educators. It was an honor to be recognized. It’s a shame because all of them would have been very worthy of the award.”
Chuck figured marrying Krina in 2013 raised his chances.
“My acknowledgement as a Service to Educator was only enhanced by marrying Krina, with her background and what she brings to the table,” Chuck said. “She touches all 41,000 kids in the Keizer-Salem schools with her foundation.”
Krina said getting the award wouldn’t lessen her resolve or mission at all.
“Our work, independently and collectively, we care deeply about the kids in this school system,” Krina said. “These awards are wonderful and they give credentials to the organizations we represent. But I’ll wake up tomorrow still thinking of every kid, every day.”