A TOUCHING MOMENT FOR FIRE SURVIVOR, FIREFIGHTERS AND COACHES
Some of the firefighters who pulled 9 year-old Brenden Schmitt from his family’s burning home were at PIC Park in Pierron Friday and presented him with a baseball cap and uniform when he returned to play baseball. WGEL spoke with Steve Plocher of the Highland-Pierron Fire Department who said the department was notified by Brenden’s coaches that they had purchased a new uniform to replace the one lost in the fire. They asked if the firefighters that affected his rescue would come out and present his uniform to him.
Plocher said about five firefighters pulled up with the fire truck and coaches brought the boys over and they presented the uniform and cap to Brenden. Plocher said he believed it was all a big surprise and that Brenden was overwhelmed, as were most of the people in attendance.“It went off well,” said Plocher, still somewhat emotional, “There were a lot of pictures, a lot of tears and we went from there.”
A fire destroyed the Schmitt’s mobile home in Pierron, claiming the life of Brenden’s 6 year-old brother, Braedyn. Brenden’s mother, Candace Schmitt, and brother, Kyle Schmitt, age 13, were pulled from the back bedroom window by neighbors. According to the Highland News Leader, Candace and Kyle are still hospitalized for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation and family members said their conditions were improving though they remained in drug-induced comas. George Schmitt, the father, was at work when the fire broke out.
A trust fund for the Schmitt family has been set up at the Bank of Edwardsville. Donations may be made to The Schmitt Family Benefit Fund, at the Bank of Edwardsville, P.O. Box 899, Edwardsville, Ill. 62025.
NEW TRACTOR BURNS IN WHEAT FIELD
Highland-Pierron Firefighters responded to a report of a tractor fire Monday, at 8:31 p.m., on Rogier Road at Zilles Road. According to Fire Chief Steve Plocher, the tractor was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. The tractor was a new 2011 Case-IH 100U which was totally destroyed. The cause of the fire is believed to have been electrical and the tractor is valued at $80,000.00. There was no damage to the field except in the immediate area of the tractor. No injuries were reported and firefighters were on the scene for about 45 minutes.
2011 FFA STATE COVENTION AND LOCAL AWARDS
The Illinois FFA State Convention was last week and Greenville High School students were in attendance and received awards. The Greenville Chapter was selected as a Gold Emblem Chapter during the convention and placed first in Cooperative Activities, Student Development, and Community Development and received the Bankers Plaque.
Austin Potthast placed first in the state in Agriculture Mechanics Repair and Maintenance and will now compete at the National Level. In addition to Potthast, Katelynn Mollett, Daniel Suess and Jordan Willeford all received their State FFA Degree, the highest position possible in the Illinois FFA.
Jessica Ronat participated in the State FFA Chorus during the three days of the convention and Joshua Laesch was recognized for placing first in Dairy Judging.