As I was preparing to write this article on an event twenty years ago today, I noticed the headline that a shooting has just occurred in a Connecticut elementary school with 28 dead, 20 of them children.
I was laid up in bed with my still swollen ankle propped up on a pillow, a zip-lock bag of now melted snow pressed against it. A much-abused copy of Billy Joel's Kohept played on the stereo across the room. The room was sweltering, the window next to me open wide and the snow long-since melted from the overhang, but I wasn't going to limp down the stairs to adjust the thermostat back down again. A knobbed stick lay propped against my milk-crate nightstand surmounted by an ugly lamp, which was now off, the room lit dimly by the lamp-posts of the small cluster of upper class modular apartments, Mods, nestled in the snowy woods. A stack of untouched textbooks lay between me and the window, a Weis and Hickman novel closed and marked on the sill itself.
Susan Drollinger (a NCO in the LCS Auxiliary) sent me this link to an article about the San Bernadino, CA City Attorney telling residents to "lock their doors" and "load their guns" at a city council meeting in response to dramatic shortages of police officers. In character, the economic crisis in San Bernadino leading to the staff shortages are no different than what is going on in Springfield or for that matter, the budgetary stresses in all cities and counties across the US at this moment. The problem this official addresses is real.
We offer a better solution.
Samaritan's Purse, the international Christian relief organization, is still recruiting individuals and teams, including youth groups, to help rebuild homes devastated by the Joplin EF-5 tornado. As we approach the holiday season and look forward to spending time visiting with family, it is important to remember that some of our neighbors are still without homes.
Incidentally, today, the 11th of November, is the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours (see also Wikipedia), the Catholic Saint represented by the forked tail of our banner. St. Martin was a Roman knight born in 316 AD, who is most known for cutting his rich cloak in two to clothe a naked beggar on the road outside of Amiens.
"Successful resuscitation from cardiac arrest was optimized at 100–120 compressions/minute."
A recent study appearing in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services ("Study Determines Optimal Chest Compression Rate") examined results of rescuer CPR for optimal blood flow and best patient survival to hospital discharge. The study largely confirmed the belief that rates of compression over 100 per minute were best but also established that rates of compression over 120 per minute decreased victim survival rate.
Johns Hopkins University recently published a White Paper entitled "Case for Gun Policy Reform In America"[bib]201[/bib]. This article will respond to that paper and comment on the larger issues from the context of an organization like the Sheriff's Auxiliary.
We have a number of training opportunities upcoming, including a CCW class, local CERT Training, the Portable Radio Fundamentals, CERT Train-the-Trainer, and Disaster POD training. Read on for details. Updated 6 Nov: filled in details on 2-way radio training. CCW
Over the next few days, the LCSA website will move to a new server in order to make maintenance easier. During this time, you may have difficulty connecting to the website as various nameservers throughout the Internet are updated. Service should resume as normal after this period. The Google Apps account and email used internally by the Auxiliary staff should not be affected.
Updated 17 October:
We received the brushed-metal name plates this afternoon. They are currently in the care of the Quartermaster. We ended up getting a good deal on the nametags at roughly $6 ea. with the custom logo. We (the Voughts) paid for them out of pocket and would not mind getting the money back, at the very least to put into future orders.
Updated 16 October:
We have permission from the Fairfax County, VA CERT to use and adapt their CERT Radio Fundamentals course materials as well as the go ahead from our Sheriff. It has been gone through by our Communications Officer and a local ARES member and there is agreement that it can be taught with only minor changes or even with no changes the first time through. We have at least two possible venues, being the First Baptist Church and the MARC in Mount Vernon, both of which will allow us to send teams off to different rooms for the practical exercises. We are targetting five hours total for the two course sections (section I, short exercise, section II, short exercise) and may be able to do it in four. Now we need to come up with some possible dates and shedule the first run through for somewhere between 12 and 20 people.