Tuesday, June 8


Alderman commends first responders

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[JUNE 8, 2004]  Alderman Glenn Shelton took a moment to commend all those involved with the house fire on Sunday, May 30. Three-year-old Wyatt Mitchell Wentworth was lost in the fire.

Alderman Shelton said he was most impressed with our fire department. "I want to commend the firemen for their bravery in fighting the fire to try to locate the child," he said. There were "heroic efforts on their part." They showed compassion, sensitivity and love to the boy's mother, Shanda, and the family. "Words cannot explain how you touched their lives," he said. "You will never know how much it meant to the family."

Alderman Shelton gave thanks for Pastor Mark Carnahan, fireman chaplain, "whose job is still going on."

"I was especially moved to see the first response team and the fire chief attend the funeral. It meant so much to the family that you came to the funeral home."


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The police department lined the route to the cemetery, which included a passing by the child care center that Wyatt attended.

There was a squad at every turn. As the 40-vehicle caravan arrived at New Union Cemetery, an officer at full attention met mourners. "This moved me beyond words," the Rev. Shelton said. "I have been in this city for 20 years and I can state without reservation that I'm proud of this city."

"You all have shown, regardless of the task, to go on.

"I want to commend the fire department and the police department for all that you have done on behalf of the Shanda Roderick family."

[Jan Youngquist]

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