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Funds - Agreement - Pipeline Project - On motion of Councilmember Gilbreath, seconded by Councilmember Freedman, the City Council unanimously approved Amendment No. 2 with the firm of Camp, Dresser and McKee in the amount of $5,075.00 for engineering services for the modification of the Henry Tate Water Treatment Plant Effluent Line, authorized an additional appropriation in the same amount to cover design changes requested by the Department of Health Services, and authorized the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the amendment on behalf of the City.A plaque was presented to Mayor Cunningham on behalf of the City who also introduced the following staff members representing their departments: Gary Phelps, Municipal Utilities Department Director; Jim Grant, Code Enforcement Officer, Community Development Department; Richard Hulbert, Downtown Community Policing Corporal, Police Department; Mitch McKee, Battalion Chief, Emergency Services, Fire Department; Janet Miller, Administrative Assistant, Municipal Utilities Department; and Brenda McGlasson, Acting Billing Office Manager, Municipal Utilities Department.
Guest speaker Mitch McKee, retired Redlands Fire Department battalion chief of emergency medical services and a 1980 graduate of Crafton's paramedic program, told the graduates they are now part of the emergency medical system that people rely upon to give life-saving intervention when they are at their most vulnerable.
Regarding preparing his commencement speech, McKee told the graduates that he consulted with Upland Fire Department Chief Michael Antonucci, who was originally scheduled to be guest speaker but was unable to attend. McKee told about Antonucci's very first trauma call as a paramedic. "Yes, even her socks, undergarments - everything - were ripped off," McKee said. Antonucci found the little girl barely alive, and began doing everything humanly possible to save her life, McKee said. "That little girl ignited one of the largest movements against drunk drivers ever seen, MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Drivers," McKee said. "That little girl was the daughter of Candy Lightner, the founder of MADD. "Calls like this one have a profound impact on your life," he said. "They deserve your kindness, your compassion, and your competency at all times," McKee said. McKee emphasized that it is specifically paramedics whose job it is to provide care in a life-or-death situation, and they must be prepared at the highest level. McKee also spoke about the role of paramedics in today's fire service, saying it is expected there will be a high retirement rate in the area of pre-hospital care in the next five years. At the same time, there is a possible statewide health-care system being worked out. As result, it is expected that the paramedic's role will expand during the next five years, including being involved in preventive medicine and in issues of Homeland Security and terrorist mitigation. "Today's need and expectations will require paramedics to be as effective as possible in their profession and be precise in their communicative skills through their ability to listen, empathize and connect," he said. McKee listed the traits a paramedic must have to be effective, including serving as an educator who motivates intellectual growth among peers and serving as a cultural builder standing up for individuals' morals and rights. He also listed the role of being a character builder whose values are trustworthiness, respect and integrity, and caring for others no matter what. McKee expressed his pride in having had the opportunity to share time with the graduates on their graduation night and to share Antonucci's experiences and thoughts. "Our sincere thanks in advance for all that you will do during your careers that will continue to make us proud of our profession," McKee said.
Battalion Chief Scott McDonald hugs interim Fire Chief Mitch McKee after presenting him with a certificate of appreciation from the fire department.City Clerk Lorrie Poyzer helped swear in Frazier, who also received his badge, helmets and shield from Interim Chief Mitch McKee and Battalion Chiefs Jim Topoleski, Scott McDonald and Cameron Teter. Interim Chief McKee was also honored at the ceremony for his service. McKee served as a battalion chief within the department before taking the reins of the fire department when Fire Chief Jim Drabinski's retirement became effective July 4. McKee was presented with a certificate of appreciation from his battalion chiefs. McKee, who served the Fire Department for 28 years, said he would serve on an as-needed basis once Frazier starts work on Monday, Sept. 29.
In June, Interim Chief Mitch McKee announced his intention to retire Sept. 5.When the day came and went, he said he would stay as long as necessary to get the new chief acclimated. On Thursday, McKee said he was excited that Frazier will be taking over. "I truly believe that Chief Frazier will be a perfect fit for the city and the Fire Department," McKee said.The executive panel was made up of managers of four city departments: Police Chief Jim Bueermann, McKee, Community Development Director Oscar Orci and Human Resources Director Deborah Scott-Leistra. McKee was a battalion chief in the and took the reins of the Fire Department when Chief Jim Drabinski's retirement took effect July 4. McKee, who has been the Fire Department 28 years, said he will serve on an as-needed basis once Frazier starts Sept. 29.He said he will help Frazier gain a better understanding of the department's organizational structure and history. "He wants to hit the ground running," McKee said.
In June, Interim Chief Mitch McKee announced his intention to retire Sept. 5.When the day came and went, he said would stay as long as necessary to get the new chief acclimated to the position. On Thursday, McKee said he was excited that Frazier will be taking over as fire chief. "I truly believe that Chief Frazier will be a perfect fit for the city and the Fire Department," McKee said.The executive panel was made up of managers of four city departments - Police Chief Jim Bueermann, McKee, Community Development Director Oscar Orci and Human Resources Director Deborah Scott-Leistra. McKee, served as a battalion chief within the department and took the reins of the Fire Department when Fire Chief Jim Drabinski's retirement became effective on July 4. McKee, who served the Fire Department for 28 years, said he will serve on an as-needed basis once Frazier starts work Sept. 29.He said he will help Frazier gain a better understanding of the department's organizational structure and history. "He wants to hit the ground running," McKee said.