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Keeping Up with Medina Matters

by Bev Barr

Brad Zirkel — Firefighter, Wilderness EMT, school board trustee, rock climber and all around nice guy — responded to an “intense rescue call” for a cat, Tuesday, Feb. 7, and posted the official report the next day on Facebook. With more than 16,000 “likes” and scores of shares, it’s safe to say the Medina Volunteer Fire Department’s post is going viral. For those that don’t get their news from social media:
Dispatched for “A cat that’s stuck in a tree.”
Having no radio, 3314 listened to the eDispatch again to ensure the call was heard correctly. 3314 called dispatch, via cell phone, en route POV. (Private operated vehicle) Arrived on scene to find elderly couple with spotlight showing their cat “Zipper’s” location. 3314 scaled the ladder held in place by the homeowner. Having reached the midway point, limbs of tree were used to continue the climb. Zipper was found stuck in the fork of a branch. Zipper appeared A + O x 3 (Alert & Oriented X 3) based on his alertness, strong meow, + general reluctance to look down. After freeing Zipper from the branch, 3314 deployed Zipper’s claws to assist in the descent. Zipper held the leg of 3314 for the first 10 feet. Following this, Zipper utilized his claws to better hold the bare skinned arm of 3314. With Zipper securely affixed to 3314’s right arm, the descent continued to the ladder and ultimately terminated at the ground level. From here, homeowner took over care of Zipper. Homeowners donated $50 cash to help support the ongoing bold efforts of the Medina Volunteer Fire Dept. End of Report —
Brad Zirkel
Rumor has it that Zirkel will be performing a similar rescue at this year’s fundraiser – not to be missed. Meanwhile, the new tanker, which is paid for, is fully operational and has responded to numerous fires. The dedicated volunteer organization is still raising money to pay for the fire station.
Today, Feb. 16
MVFD Board of Directors meeting
The Board of Directors and volunteers for the Medina Volunteer Fire Department will meet at 7 pm at the community center in Medina on Highway 16. The public is invited and welcome to attend.
Saturday, Feb. 18
FCCLA Bake Sale underway
The young people of FCCLA and Sherri Kelly will host a Bake Sale from 8 to 10 am, Saturday, Feb. 18. All proceeds of these fundraisers contribute toward the travel and competition expenses for the 2017 FCCLA State Qualifiers competing in Dallas April 6-8.
Now — March 1
Only 13 more days to apply for an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.! Sixteen and 17-year-olds who are interested in our nation’s history, politics, or high-tech communications will want to apply for this all-expense-paid, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Visit Hill Country Telephone Coop’s website for details.
Alcoholics Anonymous
Anyone who wants to change their drinking behavior is welcome to attend the Alcoholics Anonymous support group that meets at 7 pm every Thursday in the Cottage of Medina United Methodist Church, 266 Reed Avenue.