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July 22, 2014 • Headlines

Recipients of the Community Impact Grant gathered at the Ripley County Community Foundation office for announcement of awards. Pictured from left are Paul Ketcham, Milan; Christi Heaton, Jac-Cen-Del; Sally Morris, Ripley County Community Foundation; Jeff Thielking, Safe School Commission; Dr. Jim Roberts, Batesville; and Brad Street, Southeastern Career Center. MARY MATTINGLY PHOTO
Trained volunteers help install the mobile hospital at the Ripley County Fairgrounds in Osgood.
There were no king candidates; so, two 4-H Fair queens were chosen Sunday.
Nicole Flaspolher and Sarah Pitts were presented at the Ripley County 4-H Fair opening ceremonies.

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First to get training for portable hospital
Ripley County prepared if disaster strikes

Mary Mattingly

Should a disaster happen, Ripley County is prepared to set up a full-scale mobile hospital. The county was the first in the state to receive training to install the portable tent-like hospital July 15 at the Ripley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Osgood. The Indiana State Department of Health received federal funding of over $550,000 to provide three trailers which each hold two shelters.

Portable hospital

About 25 county volunteers were trained on how to install the state mobile hospitals. Pictured below is the installed mobile hospital.

Portable hospitalThe soft-structured hospitals can accommodate 10 beds, with a total of 50 patients between the six shelters. In addition to cots, it allows plenty of room for medical staff and equipment. There are windows and doors, plus a generator which accompanies the shelters for electricity, heating and air conditioning purposes. These soft-structured shelters set up with steel attachable poles that snap in place and can withstand 50 mph winds or gusts of 70 mph, according to the manufacturer.

As Holley Rose, Ripley County environmental nurse said, this mobile unit is multi-purpose and can also be used for vaccine distribution, donation management or a mobile command post. She was glad the state selected Ripley County for the demonstration.

“It gives our county more exposure to the state of what we are capable of, and also provides more training for our volunteer Medical Reserve Corp.”

Lee Christensen, Indiana director of public health and emergency, said they chose Ripley County because of the good rapport they have with the health department. He knew about their MRC so they would get enough volunteers for training. “We want to get people trained to set it up in case there is a disaster. It’s critical to know the resources available,” he added.

About 25 people, many MRC volunteers, plus health and Emergency Management Agency (EMA) staff, participated in the day-long training. It took about an hour to put up one shelter, under the direction of Mike Ottaway with Western Shelter Systems. They have provided these mobile medical shelters since 1988. He said they can be build it on level ground or pavement. The shelters have two layers for insulation, vinyl flooring, and even ceiling fans. Once installed, then volunteers had to break it down, which took just as long.

Teen killed in Kentucky has local connections

The teenager killed in the murder suicide in Milton, Ky., across the Ohio River from Madison, has local ties. Police were called to the 100 block of Garriott Court just after 2 a.m. Sunday when they said 48-year-old Robert Harmon shot himself, his former girlfriend and her 16-year-old niece, Carlin Sarah Davis. Her grandparents, Wayne and Cindy Vansodol, are from Holton.

Both Harmon and Davis died, and 33-year-old Niki Davis, her aunt, was injured, also by gunfire. Davis, formerly of Holton, was taken to University Hospital. Neighbors told police Niki Davis lived with Harmon in the house for the last two to three years.  The couple had an argument and Davis moved out.  

According to Louisville media outlets, investigators said Davis returned to the house and that’s when Harmon shot Davis, her niece, and himself. Davis’ juvenile daughter heard the gunshots from the upper-level of the house, came downstairs and called police.

Kentucky State Police said troopers have never responded to any domestic or violence-related calls to the house.   Police said the two juveniles inside the home when the shooting occured have been placed with other family members.
Davis remains hospitalized but is expected to survive her injuries. Carlin’s funeral will be at the Stratton Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

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