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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR r-..z AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ,., ! : , ., i  , ,., . , , , Warren Town and County WS Vol. 42 No. 37 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, February 3, 2011 Norwalk Police Officer, Norwalk Firefighters Awarded Life Saving Medal Norwalk High School Show Choir Named Grand Champions story on p. 11 Pictured are a grateful Maxine Middleton and a thank- ful Officer Parker. "The Middleton family, the Norwalk Police Department and the Norwalk Com-- munity all celebrate the success; and skill of Officer Parker." Thursda Jan. 28, Officer Phillip Parker was awarded the Norwalk Life Saving Medal in a ceremony con- ducted by Mayor Doug Pierce during a Norwalk town hall meeting at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church. Officer Parker is a three-year veteran of the Norwalk Police Department, is married and has two children. Officer Parker responded to the 1100 block of Skylane Drive for a woman on the ground with an unknown problem. He arrived to find Maxine Middleton being administered CPR by family members. Officer Parker quickly assessed the situation and administered elec- trical defibrillation, returning a more steady pulse. Members of the Norwalk Fire Department were presented a Life Saving Award by the City of Norwalk at the Town Hall Meeting held Thursday, Jan. 27. Pictured, left to right: Fire Chief Dustin Huston, Mayor Doug Pierce, firemen Ryan Coburn, Doug Richardson and Matt Hill who were on the rescue call for Maxine Middleton in June 2010. Staff photo by Mary Lou Gray. Pictured, left to right: Firemen Matt Hill, Mike Richardson and Joe Patava were presented a Life Saving Award by the City of Norwalk for their response on the Maxine Middleton rescue in June 2010. Lions Annual Lobster Dinner The Norwalk Lions Club will hold their an- nual lobster/shrimp din- ner and dance Saturday, Feb. 26, starting at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Egnacio's Hall, 4225 Alice Ave., in Cumming. A dance will follow from 8- 11 p.m. Music will be fur- nished by a local disc jockey. Fresh Maine lobster will be $30 per person and fresh shrimp at $25 per person. The deadline to order is Monday, Feb. 14. Make checks payable to Norwalk Lions Club. Res- ervations accompanied Concluded p. 13 Mayor Doug Pierce presenting fie Life Saving Award to Officer Parker along with Poli:e Chief Ed Kuhl. Norwalk City Council Agenda ...... R::,.: :. Page 2 , M ayr'" 1 0th Moment "'' " "" '  By Mayor I)o ug Pierce thc E:w:ir:t .CzOnmOanirecaelpiteC}itnOi'dlmsec u ss !p f Thursday, January 27% we had our fourth Town Hall Meeting since I have been Mayor at which we presented life saving medals and certificates to one Police Officer and five Fire Department personnel. Those names and what they received are addressed in other articles, but the patient, Maxine Middleton, was in attendance and expressed her heartfelt appreciation to those six indi- viduals. TV 5 and TV 13 were also present for the cer- emony and did broadcast that story on the 10 o'clock news. What a tribute and positive reflection on those who provide Public Safety services to Norwalk. As I stated at the event, Police Officers, Fire Fighters and EMS personnel are part of the unsung heroes in communities. We, as citizens, are guilty of taking for granted what these professional and dedicated men and women provide us in the Public Safety arena. Right now, all of the police department officers are full-time; how- ever, we are pursuing a Reserve Officer program that the Council has authorized Chief Kuhi to recruit four volunteer officers into. Four members of the Fire De- partment are full-time with the other 28 members vol- unteers. No matter whether full or part-time, our po- lice and fire departments are tremendously motivated cently released results of the 2010 Warren County stu- dent survey. While the majority of the information was very positive it also caused areas of concern as well. It is good to know that 97% do not use inhalants, 95% of our youth do not use marijuana, have a positive role model at home, are being taught ethical decision-making and feel safe in their classrooms. While these responses are encouraging, we cannot rest there. There were other results that are concerning,17% say their neighborhoods are not safe, 13% have attempted suicide, 18% of students currently use alcohol, 8% smoke tobacco, 26% do not have a positive relationship at home, 56% say bullying is a problem, 34% stated that..they do not get enough support at home and 59% believe their school staffs do not provide enough support-as-well. What individuals, families, organizations,'iiaLtufions and communities can work together to tui'n'6und? Thanks to all those who coach, mentor,'e',-parent and are involved in the lives of young: pl-in -our community. The future of our families, cOmmuties and our nation are carried with those young pcople hnd 13% are reportedly not being raised to be socially'oc0mpe- tent. They and the rest of us will have/i brighter, future Concluded i,7 .....-.= /,. ;," . .... ....-,,, Cnclull p.-"J3 .lal P, -,qp