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Opinion

March 8, 2014

Three things to shout about

Every once in a while you just have to tip your cap to the accomplishments of others. Below are three such instances, in the form of “shout outs” to people featured in Friday’s edition of The Goshen News.

SHOUT OUT TO LaGrange County 911 Center Director Aaron Knisley: While working one of the 911 dispatch lines Thursday morning, Knisley received a call from a Topeka woman who reported she was trapped in a burning mobile home. According to LaGrange County Police, Knisley was quick to give the caller instructions on how to locate a window, break it out and jump to safety. The woman survived and was treated for smoke inhalation and lacerations caused from her escape.

It’s been an eventful and successful recent stretch for the LaGrange 911 center. Dispatchers Heather Lock and Kelly Landers were recently honored for their actions Feb. 2 in helping a Michigan woman flee to safety from an escaped convicted killer who had held her captive for hours.

Knisley’s instructions Thursday may seem like common sense, but people should never underestimate the importance of remaining calm under pressure. It takes skill to quickly assess extraordinary circumstances second-hand in real time and respond accordingly. Well done.

SHOUT OUT TO Fairfield wrestler Forrest Glogouski: On Feb. 22 the 120-pound senior capped his stellar high school wrestling career with a state runner-up finish at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. For those not familiar with the sport of wrestling, it is complex blend of speed, strength, technique and strategy. One mistake can be your demise. To finish second in the state is an incredible accomplishment. The amount of work and dedication it takes to get to that level is immeasurable.

Glogouski’s finish is the highest in school history. “I went down there, gave it my best and left it all on the mat,” Glogouski said. He sure did. Congratulations, Forrest.

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