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Danville Funeral Owner Dies in Crash

A Danville funeral home owner died in a single-vehicle crash along Interstate 57 in Kankakee County. Illinois State Police say 70-year-old E.R. 'Bob' Pape III died when the van he was driving left the interstate and ran into a creek.

Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner says Pape was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:35 pm Wednesday. State Police report the van driven by Pape was southbound when it left the highway for some unknown reason.

Pape was headed home to Danville following a trip to Russia when the crash occurred.

The Danville Noon Rotary Club members said Pape had a passion about helping children at an orphanage in Russia.

As a Rotarian, Pape was named a Paul Harris Fellow. It is the highest award that a person can receive from Rotary International.

The Pape Memorial Home and Gardens in Danville says funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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FREE FIRST AID AND CPR CERTIFICATION COURSES IN PAXTON

The Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety at Carle is pleased to offer these free courses in Paxton on October 15 & 16 at the Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, 330 West Ottawa St.

October 15
1:30 – 5 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR certification with AED
5:30 – 8 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver First Aid certification

October 16
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR certification with AED
1:30 – 4 p.m. American Heart Association HeartSaver First Aid certification

Participants may attend one or both of the classes.

According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by a family member. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States. Unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death, just behind chronic diseases. CPR and First Aid training may save your life, or the life of someone you love.

Topics for CPR will include infant, child and adult choking and CPR as well as Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) use. The First Aid course will cover how to recognize and treat injuries, use appropriate equipment and supplies, and respond to various emergencies.

Courses will include hands-on instruction and a workbook. For each class successfully completed, participants will receive a certification card.

Space is limited, and registration is required at least 10 days prior to class. Participants must be 14 years of age or older. For more information or to register, please go to carle.org/cpr, or call the Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety at Carle at (217) 383-4601.

To learn about other classes offered by the Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety, please visit carle.org/farmsafety.

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Riverside's Silhouette Program Wins National Award

                            Mentoring Program Gives Students Up Close Look at Medical Careers

KANKAKEE, IL (September 16, 2013) – Choosing a career in the medical field is a big commitment, but what if you could have a real-life look at that career before making your final decision?

Through a unique medical career shadowing program, area college students have that opportunity at Riverside Medical Center. Sherri Guertin, director of Volunteer Services created Silhouette, a mentor/shadowing program, five years ago and recently received national recognition through the Association of Hospital Volunteer Resource Professionals. Guertin is honored by the recognition and considers it a role as leaders of hospital volunteer organizations to find ways to work with and encourage the next generation of healthcare professionals.

"Silhouette is an in-depth shadow experience for college juniors and seniors who are on an educational track for pre-med, nursing, PA, social work, community health, pharmacy or mental health," Guertin said. As a leader of Riverside's volunteer services, Guertin believes it to be part of her responsibilities to encourage not only volunteerism but also to help the next generation of potential healthcare professionals.

After applying and being accepted to the program, students go through orientation and list the top three specialties they are most interested in. Guertin then looks for physicians and nurses to pair them up. The mentoring program lasts 6- to 8-weeks, during which the student shadows his or her mentor for 4-20 hours per week. Students observe everything their mentor does, including clinic, rounds, procedures, operating room, meetings, lectures and everything in between.

"During my Silhouette experience, I quickly fell in love with cardiac nursing at Riverside," said Kathryn Jacobsen, RN. "Today I am a night shift nurse on 3Med/Telemetry."

Many times, this program is the spark a student needs to become even more excited about career possibilities. For others, it's exactly what they need to show them that a particular specialty or area concentration may not necessarily for them.

"Either way, it's a learning experience they would never have had, and they're so much better positioned to make a career choice based on their experience," said Guertin.
"Silhouette offers these students a unique way to expose and connect them to their field of interest, giving them a clearer direction in their careers and motivating them to continue working hard in their studies, especially for those interested in neurosurgery," said Neurosurgeon Dr. Juan Jimenez, one of the mentoring physicians in the program.

Michael Pyle, MD, and biology professor at Olivet Nazarene University, had been trying to create a similar program for ONU's pre-med students.

"It was nice not to have to build a shadowing wagon from scratch, but rather to hitch our program to the Silhouette wagon that was already rolling," Dr. Pyle said. "It effectively introduces our students to hospital volunteerism and healthcare professions."

"It's possible when these students graduate and are looking for a place to practice, Riverside will already be somewhere they're comfortable with, and we hope they put us at the top of their radar in their job search," said Guertin.

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Kankakee Flood “drill” preps responders for real disaster

                  * Firefighters Damon Schuldt and Bryan LaRoche coordinated exercise for Master's Degree program

KANKAKEE -- Kankakee Community College was the setting for a 'learning and thinking' exercise for emergency responders Saturday.

First responders, including fire, ambulance personnel, hospital emergency rooms, public health, haz-mat teams, emergency management, County radio communications, ham radio operators, CERT volunteers, and several volunteer victims, worked alongside KCC staff and administrators to simulate the aftermath of a campus flood and related emergency events.

When it was over, participants and organizers shared feedback on their response performance to find ways to improve so they're ready should the real event ever press them into action.

The exercise was organized and controlled by Lt. Bryan LaRoche and Capt. Damon Schuldt of the Kankakee Fire Department. Both men are working toward their Master's degree.

Schuldt said the 3-hour drill went well.

"We wanted to stay within our allotted time and we did that; the drill went well," Schuldt said afterwards.

Schuldt said the exercise plan met Homeland Security Exercise requirements. And he said, it's hoped that KCC's lead in preparing for such a disaster will inspire other business and government officials to realize they too have a public safety responsibility.

Organization and participants followed the National Incident Management System (NIMS) protocol.

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Blue Mass at St. Patrick’s Church recognizes 1st Responders

The 8th annual 'Blue Mass' Saturday afternoon at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Kankakee honored the many first responders, who answer emergency calls to disasters.

The Mass recognizes the emergency teams, especially those who died in the line of duty.

The 'Blue Mass' is part of the annual Half-Paddy Festival on the grounds at St. Patrick's Church. It's sponsored across the world by local councils of the Knights of Columbus. The Mass finds communities showing appreciation for the first-responders efforts.

Fallen first-responders were recognized at a ceremony on the Kankakee County Courthouse lawn followed by a procession to St. Patrick's Church. The popular event finds hundreds of people lined up along Indiana Avenue in Kankakee.

Kankakee Fire Chief Ron Young says " it's a humbling experience, we're humbled by the thoughtfulness of the community."

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