GFPD HONORS ORIGINAL TRUSTEES
The Greenville Fire Protection District honored its original board of trustees Saturday night during the annual banquet. The Greenville district was organized in 1976 under the guidance of board members David Wade, Bob Alexander, and Dick Haas. Alexander’s widow, Joyce, and Wade were honored at the dinner meeting. Haas was unable to attend.
Other special recognitions included 15-year pins for Jeff Benson and Chad Sexton and a watch for Carl Sutton’s 30 years on the GFPD. Rookie of the Year honors went to Tom Bray. Two firefighters, Matt Roadman and Scott Epperson, were each given a “Medal of Valor” for their efforts in rescuing a man from a trailer fire last year.
Chief Bill Johnston thanked the spouses for their understanding in allowing the firefighters to do what they need to do. He also acknowledged the efforts of the truck committee in developing the specs for the new pumper/tanker. Johnston said this truck will be utilized by the department far into the future.
Johnston said the department’s 2007 plans include researching the purchase of a new brush fire truck, increased grant writing, and the possible addition of a generator at the firehouse enabling it to be a public shelter. The chief also commented on the new carbon monoxide detector law and the anticipated increase of calls it could create for the Greenville Fire Protection District.
NEARLY 200,000 DEER HARVESTED IN ILLINOIS IN 2006-2007 SEASON
The 2006-2007 Illinois deer seasons have concluded with hunters taking a preliminary total of 197,287 deer. Hunters participating in the late-winter antlerless-only deer season last weekend took in just over 9,000 deer in the 67 counties open for the season. This total was up from 5,128 last year. Archery hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 65,170 deer during archery season, which began October 1st and concluded January 11th. During the Illinois Firearm Deer Season, November 17-19 and December 8-10, hunters took in over 115,000 deer. The preliminary harvest from the Youth Firearm Deer Season was just under 1,100 deer.
The preliminary totals in Bond County were 21 deer during the archery season and 97 during the late winter harvest. For Clinton County it was 495 archery deer and 36 for the late harvest. In Fayette County hunters brought in 853 during archery season and 245 for the late winter harvest. Madison County had archery deer totals of 1,194 and late season totals of 87. And Montgomery County reported 711 archery deer and 119 late winter harvest.