McKenzie council experiences #8216;rescue school#039;

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 8, 2006

McKenzie Town Council members and guests got to experience a computer slide show during June’s town council meeting Monday.

McKenzie Police Officer Ronnie Terry shared a laptop sideshow of photos taken his recent training at Rescue School.

Viewers got to see Terry and Lt. Randy Courtney of the Greenville PD in action as they honed techniques for rescuing individuals from tall structures and retrieving those who had fallen into wells.

&uot;We practiced helping people in all sorts of situations; it was a really good experience.

I just wanted you to see what I have been doing this past week, and to say ‘thank you’ to the mayor for sending me,&uot; Terry said.

Donnie Moore, a McKenzie resident, said he would volunteer his time to repaint the storefronts on McKenzie’s Main Street if the owners were willing to donate the paint.

&uot;If the owners will donate the paint, I will gladly use it and volunteer my time to help make McKenzie look good,&uot; Moore said.

Terry also offered to arrange for some of those individuals in need of community service hours to assist Moore &uot;if we can make it work.&uot;

Mayor Betty Stinson said some research would need to be done to determine who owned all the buildings. Once that is accomplished, memos could be sent out concerning Moore’s plans.

&uot;We need to notify all the owners, get them together and explain what Donnie wants to do. I feel like most of them will be happy to have it done,&uot; Stinson said.

McKenzie residents were encouraged to mark their calendars for the second Saturday in November, when the McKenzie Volunteer Fire Department plans to hold its annual barbecue.

There was also a discussion about organizing a fundraiser later in the year to benefit the town’s parks and recreation department.