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Iris Treado: Indiana’s EMT-of-the-Year

It was a calling; actually a career-calling for Iris Treado. And she’s loved every minute of it !

The long-time member of Newton County, INDIANA’s ambulance service was recently named the EMT-of-the-Year for the state of Indiana. And if you talk to anyone in Newton County’s emergency response circle, they’ll tell you ‘Iris is and has been a godsend.’

On a newly-produced program in the Newton County Sheriff’s Department called ‘On the Road,’ Captain Shannon Cothran highlights activities within Newton County government. And this week, Captain Cothran gives Iris Treado a big pat-on-the back, congratulating her for years of dedicated and devoted service to the people of Newton County and beyond.

Iris says she loves her job in emergency service and she owes a lot to her mentor – the late Lou Warne – who disciplined her in a job she loves so much………

"I am so grateful to Lou.  She taught me and disciplined me," Iris said of her friend. "This job was a calling and I'm so glad God called me to do this." 

Iris Treado was nominated for EMT-of-the-Year honors by Tony Van Veanum, Director of the Ambulance Service. Iris is recognized for her 26 years in the service, but also for countless hours as a volunteer. Iris began her trek in Civil Defense, got involved in EMT class instruction. And today, she says, learning never ends ……….

They say if you do a job you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life."

Iris has had her role in emergency services since the age of 13. She often acted or served as victim while her dad taught First Aid in Germany. She joined the Youth Red Cross at age 15. In Germany, the Red Cross handles emergency calls. Over the years. Iris has watched and learned as the ambulance service evolved. Ambulances today are larger, better equipped, better lighted and designed for superior response scenes. She also says AEDs (Automated External Defibulators) have saved so many lives.

Iris Treado is among the best, most dedicated and much-appreciated in Newton County. She is Indiana’s EMT-of-theYear.

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Marine killed in WWII returned home to Danville

The remains of Marine Corp Reserve Private First Class Jack B. Van Zandt were escorted back into Danville (today 12/13). Danville Police and Firefighters id the honors. Private Van Zandt was killed at 22-years of age. The Pfc. will be buried reinterred at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Full military honors are planned for Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of Pfc. Van Zandt had been identified last month. Van Zandt was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. The unit met stiff Japanese resistance when it landed on the small island of Betio during World War II. The landing was an attempt to secure the island in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands.

Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 others were wounded. Pfc. Van Zandt was killed on the third day of the battle.

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Cissna Park hosting Wreaths Across America Program

American Legion Post 527 at Cissna Park welcomes the public to its Wreaths Across America Program Saturday.  The 11 am event is at the east side of the park in Cissna Park, near the Memorial Cross.  A moment of silence will be followed by remarks from Legion Commander Roger Lebeck and then a memorial wreath will be layed.  Branches of the military will be recognized.  Volunteers will then visit and lay wreaths at eight area cemeteries where 410 veterans are buried.

The wreath-laying event takes place at the eight cemeteries the Legion honors -- Amity, Apostolic, Ash Grove, Cissna Park, Pitch In, Schwer, St. Paul's Woodworth (Trinity) and also Rankin.

The Legion will be joined by FFA students, the American Legion Color Guard, Drill Team and The Sons of the American Legion.

The VA National Cemetery at Danville is also hosting its Wreaths Across America Program at 11 am Saturday.    

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Police recover stolen weapon in car's trunk

Illinois State Police made a traffic stop and found a stolen AR-15 rifle in the trunk of a woman’s car. 24-year-old Nicole Horton of Carbondale was stopped for speeding in Will County last weekend. She had the weapon which was reported stolen two-months earlier from a police vehicle in southern Illinois.

Troopers made the stop for speeding along I-57 near the Manhattan Road. The smell of marijuana from inside the car prompted a search. That’s when it was discovered a 9 mm hand gun and ammo was hidden in a booster seat Horton’s 3-year-old daughter was sitting on. A rifle and two magazines were also found in the vehicle.

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Weapons arrests in Kankakee

Two men and a juvenile face charges after Kankakee Police recovered three handguns during an attempted burglary.  Police reported the attempted house burglary was in the 500-block of S. Greenwood Avenue.  30-year-old John Jefferson and 21-year-old Marquis Moore, both of Kankakee, were charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.  The juvenile was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

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