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Tragic death shows importance of learning CPR

June 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford resident, sports mom and nurse, Nancy Roberts, couldn’t ultimately save the life of Dorian Dawkins after the 14-year-old recently collapsed at a basketball meet. Roberts, who is CPR and defibrillator certified, was among parents at the Michigan State University meet. She said the day’s activities had pretty much concluded and it was around 8:15 p.m. when Dawkins of Saginaw collapsed after shooting a free throw. Rockford High School’s Colleen Pierson was there as well and said that at first people thought Dawkins was kidding. He said he felt really tired and then just dropped. Roberts said she called for a defibrillator and called for someone to call 911. “I don’t really know where the defibrillator came from. Someone just put it there and I used it,” Roberts said. Using the defibrillator and CPR, Roberts said she thought Dawkins might be okay, as he regained responsiveness as paramedics arrived. “They didn’t continue CPR on the way to the hospital. At that point he was breathing on his own,” she said. Dawkins and his older brother rode in the ambulance to the hospital, where it has been reported the boy regained consciousness for some time and was able to see and talk with his parents. He later suffered two more heart attacks and died. “You think when something this horrible happens, can any good be made of it?” Roberts said. She believes the horrible incident proves how important it is for everyone to take CPR certification and learn to use a defibrillator. Last year Rockford Public Schools (RPS) achieved a milestone with the most recent defibrillator purchase, and put one of the live-saving machines in each school building in the district. RPS has also been a leader in requiring staff to know how to use them. “It’s very easy to use a defibrillator. It talks you through every step. Anyone can do it,” Roberts insisted. She also asked not to be called a hero, and said she didn’t do anything more than any other doctor or nurse would have done. Roberts said Dawkins collapsed at about 8:15 p.m. and was reported to have died around 12:30 a.m. His parents had been at the meet, but had left to go to a wedding. “I’m glad he had […]

Angel Food is unconditional food for everyone

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

by RICH ZECK When you go to the store to shop for groceries and spend $30, you get $30 worth of food.  This sounds reasonable. But what if I told you, you could spend $30 on food and get $60 worth of food? Sounds too good to be true? It is true and you can do it right here in Rockford. Rockford Baptist Church is the local home to Angel Food Ministries ( which is a non-profit, non-denominational national organization dedicated to grocery relief to communities just like ours. The program started in 1994 in Georgia with just 34 families and now has grown to serve thousands of families every month in over 17 states. What makes this program so unique says coordinator Jeannie Davis “is there is no prequalification. The only qualification is that you eat food and have $30.” Rockford Baptist Church is the central delivery point along with four other local churches that co-op their resources and place an order once a month. Here is how the program works: a couple of times a month, orders and payments are accepted at the church. Then on the last Saturday of the month, the orders arrive at Rockford Baptist Church for pick up.  Each month’s menu is different from the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items. The meals offer a balanced nutritional variety with enough food to feed a family of four for a week. These are not second hand items, damaged goods, out dated, dented cans, over ripened produce or day old bread.  The quality is as good if not better than what you find in any other store except it costs you less. There are also specialty boxes available for senior citizens, steaks, pork, chicken, fruit and vegetables. Deacon Ray Wenzel states, that Angel Food Ministries is an independent outreach ministry that provides a service for the community regardless of your income.  Over 100 families are served each month at this pick up location.  Remember there is no need to justify or qualify your need; there are no strings attached and no fine print.  There are 30-40 volunteers that make this process run like a well-oiled machine. There are volunteers who handle the orders, unload the truck, separate […]