NEW DIVE TEAM MEMBERS PUT SKILLS TO THE TEST! – July 15, 2014
The Ionia County Dive Team is a multi-agency team consisiting of members from the Sheriff’s Office and local fire departments as well as private citizens. The Dive Team responds to call for service involving water rescue, evidence recovery and body recovery.
The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office recently added 11 new divers to the Team. These divers consist of three from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, three from the Lyons-Muir Fire Department, three from the Belding Fire Department, one from the Ionia County Sheriff”s Posse, and one from Ionia Department of Public Safety. All of these members have been trained in open water diving and were looking forward to putting their new skills to the test.
On July 12th they received their opportunity to put their new skills to use. After receiving information that there might be a stolen gun thrown in the lake off Zahm Road in Belding, the Ionia County Dive Team conducted a “new” team dive. After an hour in the water, the team recovered a stolen 1911 Colt Pistol that was taken from an Ionia county resident. The recovery of the stolen gun is a great reward for the new divers of the Ionia County Dive Team.
DONATIONS HELP WITH PURCHASE OF AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DIFIBRILLATORS (AED)
By design, a patrol officer is out and about in the community and oftentimes find themselves to be the closest emergency person to serious life threatening medical calls. Sheriff’s Office deputies are trained in CPR and First Aid, but are lacking one very important piece of life saving equipment, AED’s.
Deputy Brent Denny and Sgt. William Hoskins sought donations from a number of county busninesses and medical offices, hoping to raise enough to place an AED in each patrol unit. The positive response received has been great and we have purchased four new AED’s. We would like to thank the following for their generosity:
Edomondson, Rouse & Schmid PC
Sparrow Ionia Hospital Foundation
Devereaux Sawmill, Inc.
Crist Johnson, D.D.S.
Dr. Charles R. Barker, Jr.