Emergency responder edition

Saturday, September 30, 2017



Local police K9 receives new gear




A2 Idaho State Police Trooper Kevin Kessler with his drug detection dog, Ace. Kessler and Ace have been working in the Silver Valley for several years now. Courtesy photo By CHANSE WATSON Managing Editor OSBURN ? It is no secret that Shoshone County has struggled with a drug problem for some time now. Drug related incidents are among the top five report offenses in our county, according to Idaho State Police?s (ISP) 2016 crime report. In an area where sniffing out (pun intended) harmful and illegal substances is key to keeping them off the streets, it is important that our only resident drug detection K9 have the tools to be safe. Kevin Kessler, ISP Trooper, and his drug detection K9, Ace, have been serving the Silver Valley for some time now. Ace has made the front page of the News-Press more than once for his work ? most recently for an incredibly large marijuana seizure on I-90 last year. Like a dog with a bone (OK, I?ll stop after this one), Ace and Kessler work tirelessly to make our community better in their own way. But like with any law enforcement job, there are always risks to ones health. Kessler said that the most common opiate that he and Ace (and law enforcement in general) come across nowadays is heroin. See K9, A6




Stinky situation: A Maine police officer put his nose in harm?s way during a wildlife rescue. York Police Department officer David McKinnon came upon a skunk with its head stuck inside a cup while on patrol early Sunday. He decided to help despite the high risk of a malodorous outcome. He recorded video with his smartphone in one hand and gently tugged on the paper cup with the other hand while speaking reassuringly to the skunk. Once freed, the skunk lifted its tail in preparation to spray. But it decided instead to scamper away as McKinnon exclaimed, ?I never thought in a million years!? The video had 41,000 views on Facebook as of Wednesday, and McKinnon earned praise for his bravery in the face of a potentially stinky rescue. ? Associated Press


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Trading one uniform for another

By CHANSE WATSON Managing Editor Shoshone County Sheriff?s Deputy Jeff Demery has been serving his country and his community since he has legally been allowed to. With the goal of one day having a career in law enforcement, Demery, a Post Falls native, joined the United States Army and left for Fort Benning, Georgia at the age of 18- just 12 days after his graduation from Post Falls High School. There he completed basic training and airborne school, then quickly got into the Ranger Indoctrination Program (otherwise known as RIP). Once he completed RIP, Demery became apart of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Ranger Regiment, part of the Army?s Special Operation Command, is primarily tasked with directly engaging the enemy with the objective of capturing or killing high value targets. In 2008, Demery was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as part of a rifle team. It was there that he and his team participated in raids that resulted in neutralizing several high profile enemy targetsmany of whom were featured in the ?Iraqi most wanted playing cards? that were distributed to soldiers in theater. See UNIFORM, A3 Courtesy photo Jeff Demery poses for a rare picture at Baraki Barak (BBK) while on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan. In eight years, Demery deployed four different times, once to Iraq and three times to Afghanistan.

District 2 shows unique perspective of McConnell fire response

By CHANSE WATSON Managing Editor KELLOGG ? The McConnell Hotel fire was one of the scariest days in recent memory for the City of Kellogg. But for a Kaela Bates, a firefighter for Shoshone County Fire District 2, it was a day full of mixed emotions. ?It was really scary,? Bates said. ?We had just had a little girl walk up and say that a brick building was on fire and my first reaction was that it probably wasn?t, but I walked down to the corner by the library and there was the McConnell on fire.? Bates, who was five months pregnant at the time, began going through the necessary channels to make sure that other agencies were notified and that extra support was on the way, and then she decided to head toward the fire. ?We already had one fire in Smelterville that day that our guys were still finishing up and I didn?t have my turnouts on and just hurried down there to see if I could the guys that were already there, but the heat was so much that I had to get back,? Bates said. ?I was able to run down and get one of our other engines from our Sunnyside building and brought it back up, but after that they had me come back up here.? Bates can remember being worried about the town she loved, but also disappointed See FIRE, A7 117725


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