A wreck usually is the last thing a rescue worker wants.
Now they want a good one, or even more.
Area firefighters plan to hold a training exercise in February and are looking for vehicles to teach rescuers how to remove trapped or injured victims.
"We are in need of any type of vehicle one would want to donate," said B.J. Barnes, Poteau Fire Department safety and training officer. "We often do not to perform proper 'hands on' extrication training due to a lack of vehicles.
Carolyn Sue Troxler, 69, of Panama died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Panama.
She was born April 1, 1943, in Martha to Earl â€śBudâ€ť and Mildred (Callen) Moody.Â She was a homemaker, a loving mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jimmie Moody.
Christopher Edward Grindstaff, 25, of Poteau died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Baton Rouge, La.
Chris was born Feb. 5, 1987, in Oklahoma City to Bruce and Diana (Johnson) Grindstaff. Chris was a fire alarm technician with J.E. Systems in Pocola. He was an Eagle Scout, Troop 30 in Poteau. Chris lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed every experience along the way. He loved his family and friends and he found a friend in everyone he met. Chris was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kenneth Johnson, and uncle, Todd Grindstaff.
Lorene â€śReneâ€ť Jones was born March 10, 1923, in Glendale in LeFlore County. She passed away peacefully with family at her side Dec. 25, 2012, in Gridley, Calif.
Lorene was a loving and giving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She was known for her homemade buttermilk biscuits with white and chocolate gravy. She was an avid gardener who loved canning her homegrown fruits and vegetables. She was a gifted quilter and made beautiful quilts for all her loved ones.Â Â
Earl Curry was born Feb. 6, 1935. to Isaac Frenzella â€śI.F.â€ť and Myrtle (Ellis) Curry in Fisk, Mo. He graduated to glory on Jan. 2, 2013, at the age of 77 years, 10 months, and 27 days at his home in Wister.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George Isaac, Elmo and wife Virginia, and Tolbert and wife Mary; brother-in-law, Ernest Walker; and sister-in-law Fannie Lou Curry. Earl was an elder of the Poteau Church of Christ. He worked for LeFlore County for 15 years; he was a carpenter for more than 40 years. He finished the 10th grade in Depoyster School in Missouri.
Christmas break has been awesome around the Midgley household. I got to spend a few days camping and hunting, then the rest of the break with my family.
First we took the boys to Branson, Mo., for a few days. They got to experience the Dixie Stampede and the Chinese Acrobats, along with the beauty of Branson at Christmas.
We are planning a trip in the spring or summer so they can go to Silver Dollar City when it is not so cold. They are pumped about it, too.
â€˘ â€˘ â€˘
Sunday Couple Scrambles at Wolf Ridge Golf Course will take place at 2 p.m. Sundays.
The entry fee is $15 per person for the nine-hole weekly event.
For additional information, call (918) 647-2582.
â€˘ â€˘ â€˘
The Poteau Lady Pirates Dugout Club is selling personalized bricks to be placed in the backstop at the Poteau High School softball field as a tribute to players, fans, coaches, area businesses, etc.
Order forms are available at JOB Construction or Poteau High School.
For more information, call (918) 649-7527 or (918) 413-2428.
â€˘ â€˘ â€˘
Let me first off, wish you all a Happy New Year, and I hope God will bless you all in 2013.
After the Christmas break, high school basketball will resume Thursday night. Check out the complete schedule at the end of this column.
JH County Tournament Play-In Games Friday Afternoon in Monroe