December 17 2009

Forty years after service, Vietnam veteran fights again for his life

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Today Thomas is fighting cancer he believes was caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. Forty years after his tour in Vietnam, he still has the photo of the kids he coached before he entered the service. In Vietnam he kept the photo with him to remind him what life was like back home. “I fought for my life then. I’m fighting for my life now,” said Rockford resident [...]

Brandon Boelema joins Rockford Police

December 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

Brandon Boelema joined the Rockford Police Department December 1. “There aren’t many jobs were you have to wear a bulletproof vest everyday,” said Brandon Boelema. He believes those in law enforcement choose that career because they love it. Monday, December 1, was Boelema’s first day as officer with the Rockford Police Department. Boelema is a 2003 graduate of [...]

Plainfield Fire Department on life-saving streak

December 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Peterson earned a prestigious title in 2009, and recently his firefighters have saved two people who were without pulse or respiration when the rescue workers arrived. “I am very proud of them. These are the things that keep us going some days, the fact that we do save one.” Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Peterson was commenting on the actions [...]

Krause Memorial Library patron wins $1,500 prize

December 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

CREATIVE SAVINGS—Lynette Gasper is pictured accepting her grant with her husband Tim, daughter Lydia and KDL Director Martha Smart. by ANA OLVERA This year the Kent District Library (KDL) partnered with the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Education Savings Program and the Michigan Education Trust to provide parents with the opportunity to win $1,500 toward [...]
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