TAKE CARE IN FALL CONDITIONS—An accident on the corner of Monroe and Division on Friday, October 23, was blamed on wet and slippery conditions. “It’s a typical case of sliding and bumping into each other,” said the Rockford officer in charge of the scene. A young driver injured her hand after rear-ending the vehicle in front of her. She was very distraught, but no serious injuries were apparent. An ambulance was not called to the accident, although both vehicles were towed by River Valley Auto. “This is our second one of these today,” the officer said. We’ll be seeing them all season.” In addition to the Rockford Police, Michigan State Police responded to the accident. Both vehicles were heading eastbound on Division when the accident occurred. Speed was not a factor.
On October 23 the Kent County Health Department was informed a female in her 50s died from multiple underlying health conditions, including the H1N1 influenza. It is the first such death in the county. “We extend our deepest sympathies to this woman’s family and friends,” said Cathy Raevsky of the Health Department. “Flu activity has increased greatly in Michigan this week. While most cases of flu are mild, this is a reminder that flu can be a very serious illness and that people with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for severe complications.” Persons with influenza do not need to see a doctor unless their symptoms are unusually severe or if they are at increased risk of severe illness due to an underlying health condition. Most people recover from H1N1 flu without medication just as they do from seasonal flu. However, each year in the United States, seasonal flu claims the lives of 36,000 people and hospitalizes another 200,000. This is why it is important to know when to seek medical attention or care. People are likely to experience complications of the flu and who should talk to a health care provider if they get flu symptoms include children younger than five, but especially younger than two; people 65 and older; pregnant women; people who have cancer, blood disorders, chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disorders, liver disorders, neurological disorders, neuromuscular disorders, or weakened immune systems. The number one way to avoid flu is to be vaccinated. At this time H1N1 vaccine is not widely available, but larger supplies are expected to be available in the coming weeks. Visit www.stickittotheflu.com or call the flu hotline at (616) 742-4FLU for updates.
Historical meeting tells tales, next is November 5 at 7 p.m. In 1972, Rockford Ambulance was in its infancy with $5,800 in assets and one van. According to director Roger Morgan, despite humble beginnings the service has always been a leader in care. He spoke before the October Rockford Historical Society meeting on Thursday, October 1. “Rockford Ambulance has always been ahead of the curve,” he stated. At the time the staff was all volunteer and service calls were $10. In 1973 a board was brought on to help run the service. Offering ambulance service was encouraged by the county as a benefit to residents. Larry Root was the only wage earner on the management team. He took in $30 a week for his efforts while others, including Dave Pederson, worked for free. “I got this information off a piece of parchment that looked like the Declaration of Independence should be written on it,” joked Morgan of his research materials. Back then Rockford Ambulance was struggling to buy the radios they needed. He said care during transportation was different from today. Calling it the “V8 treatment” because of the fast vehicles and said the technique was to get the people into the van and “go like heck.” In 1983 the service had an annual budget of $158,000. Medics were paid $2.50 an hour. They were paid hourly until 10 p.m. and after that earned $3 per call during the night. When Morgan was recruited to lead the company in 1984, the station was housed with the City of Rockford Department of Public Works downtown. “They called and said, “We threw a bunch of applications in the air and yours came out on top,” Morgan recalled. “They offered me $15,000 a year to run the service. I said to them, “You better call the guy who came in second.” We settled on $18,000.” Morgan said he was the 340th paramedic licensed in the state of Michigan. Back then there were only ten protocols allowed to paramedics—only ten treatments that could be used before getting to the hospital. “Now there are 200,” he said. In 1985 the ambulance began offering the Care Plan Membership, where a cost of only $39 per year covers a family from out-of-pocket […]
Nick Smythe scores for the Rams. Photo by TONY ANDERSON by TONY ANDERSON The Rockford Rams traveled to Grandville on Friday, Oct. 23, with the hopes of finishing the regular season undefeated. The Bulldogs won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Rams started on their 20-yard line. Rockford started off with their potent ground game, but after picking up one first down were forced to punt. The punt into a stiff wind traveled to the Grandville 33-yard line. The Bulldogs picked up a first down before scoring on a 52-yard touchdown run. Rockford’s second possession started on the 20-yard line, and though picking up two first downs, they were forced into a 47-yard field goal attempt by Paul Mudgett. The kick—again into a stiff breeze—was no good. Grandville started on their 20-yard line, and seemed to have a drive mounted, picking up three first downs, one of which was aided by a very questionable defensive holding penalty. But the Rams forced a fumble that was recovered by Ben Braden. Rockford started on the 42-yard line, and mixed run and pass plays, picking up three first downs before the end of first quarter, with the score Grandville 7 and Rockford 0. The second quarter opened with the Rams having first and 10 on the Bulldog 21-yard line. On the second play of the second quarter, Taylor Masiewicz contacted with Joey Johnson for a 20-yard touchdown pass, with Mudgett adding the point after. The Bulldogs started on the 20-yard line and picked up one first down before scoring on a 67-yard touchdown run. Rockford started their next possession on the 33-yard line. The Rams drove down the field, though forced into a fourth-down play. A fourth-and-one was picked up by Nick Smythe soon after Tyler Pratt rumbled 5 yards for a Rockford touchdown, and Mudgett added the point after. Grandville once again started on their 20-yard line and the Rams forced a punt, but were called offside, giving the Bulldogs a fresh set of downs. The Rockford defense stood tall and once again forced a punt after three plays. Rockford took possession on the 41-yard line and went to the air, picking up two first downs. During the drive, the Rockford […]