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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Friday, November 15, 2019  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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People November 15, 2019


Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho cities around the state.


Following a lengthy interview process involving at least 29 applicants, William “Bill” McLaughlin, of Conifer, Colo., has been named Ketchum’s new fire chief.


McLaughlin—who currently serves as fire chief for the Elk Creek Fire Protection District southwest of Denver—was hired by Mayor Neil Bradshaw on Oct. 14 to oversee nearly 60 firefighters employed by the Ketchum Fire Department.


“I am honored that Chief McLaughlin will join our outstanding group of professionals in the Ketchum Fire Department. He shares our vision of a safe community and will bring years of experience to our team,” Bradshaw wrote in a media release.


 “It’s an honor to be selected as the city of Ketchum’s next fire chief,” McLaughlin said. “The Ketchum Fire Department’s history of professionalism and community in-volvement are admirable qualities.”


McLaughlin also serves as an instructor for both the National Fire Academy and National Fire Protection Association, and is a resident course developer for Fire Adapted Communities and Evacuation Planning (FACEP).


Starting on Nov. 12, McLaughlin will take over duties from Interim Chief Tom Ancona, who replaced Interim Chief Tom Bowman after the latter’s retirement on Sept. 30. Longtime Fire Chief Mike Elle previously left the Ketchum Fire Department in the fall of last year after spending more than three decades in its service.


Mayor Larry Craig of the City of Eden, 77, died Saturday night at his home.


Craig was a longtime public servant, his son Todd Craig said Monday. Larry Craig spent 47 years on the Eden City Council, either as mayor or councilman.


Arrangements are under the direction of Parke's Magic Valley Funeral Home.


A warm welcome was given at a Sun Valley City Council meeting to the city’s new assistant city planner, Maya Lewis, who was hired last month. At age 21, she’s the youngest city staff member in history.


Since graduating from Western Washington University in June, Lewis has been on the go. After she moved to Stateline, Nev., to take an internship with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency this past summer, the Sumner, Wash., native said she found herself drawn to Sun Valley.


 “I’m very excited to do some long-range planning here and get involved with the community,” Lewis said in an interview. “Right now, the design-review reports I’ve been doing for new development have been pretty interesting to me, because I have followed the work of several of the architects that are being contracted for these homes. I also love sustainable design, and almost got my minor in it, actually.”


Lewis also took a fast track to college via the Running Start program, a dual-credit enrollment option that allows upperclassmen to attend college courses. After graduating from high school with her Associate of Arts degree, she went on to Western Washington University in Bellingham, where she became vice president of the planning club on campus and received her bachelor’s degree in urban planning with a minor in environmental policy.


In the months ahead, Lewis said she’d like to collaborate with planners across the Wood River Valley on a regular basis and, as the new representative for Sun Valley at the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, help the city decrease its light emissions.


“One goal I have is to amend the current dark-skies ordinance for Sun Valley so we can reach official designation as a Dark Sky Community,” she said. “It’s awesome that we even have an ordinance, but we want to meet the criteria set by the International Dark Sky Association.”


The Boise Police Department was proud to recognize Corporal Steve Schneider with the Meritorious Action Award and Corporal Tim Beaudoin with the Lifesaving Award.


Corporal Steve Schneider was awarded for his action on March 7, 2019.  Corporal Steve Schneider and his then-trainee, John Jayne, responded to a suicidal subject with a gun.  While coordinating resources and setting a perimeter at the scene, the female subject unexpectedly came out of her hotel room with the weapon in her hand, forcing the officers to engage somewhat prematurely with her in dialogue to convince her to drop the weapon. This lengthy conversation between Corporal Schneider and the female was remarkable as Schneider quickly began to build a rapport with the female.  He demonstrated compassion, caring, understanding and professionalism during an extremely tense situation. Not only did he eventually get her to put down her weapon, Steve continued to demonstrate caring and compassion as they found a way to get her out of the motel which did not expose her to humiliation or shame as they took her to the hospital for treatment.  For going above and beyond the call of duty during and after this life-threatening incident, Corporal Schneider is recognized with the Meritorious Action Award.


Corporal Tim Beaudoin was awarded for his actions while off-duty on August 15th, 2019.  Corporal Beaudoin was participating in a private physical therapy session at the Boise State University Aquatics Center. During this time, a male subject was observed unconscious and laying at the bottom of the swimming pool. Although off-duty, Officer Beaudoin quickly responded to the area of the pool where the man was drowning. Officer Beaudoin “self-activated” by advising the lifeguards that he is a Boise Police Officer and then told one of the lifeguards to call 911. In the meantime, Officer Beaudoin helped the other lifeguard pull the man from the pool and onto the deck. Officer Beaudoin began chest compressions while the lifeguard provided rescue breaths. Moments later, an AED was brought to the scene but could not be used due to the amount of water on the pool deck. Recognizing this, Officer Beaudoin suggested they move the man to an area where the deck was dry. Officer Beaudoin helped carry the man to a dry portion of the deck where he resumed CPR efforts. Eventually, the paramedics arrived, and a heart rhythm was established. He was then transported to St. Alphonsus hospital for further treatment. The man’s life was undoubtedly saved due to the heroic lifesaving measures taken by Officer Beaudoin and the life guards on scene. For his lifesaving actions, Corporal Beaudoin is recognized with a Lifesaving Award.


If someone in your community has done something noteworthy or received an honor that you feel should be highlighted in the People section of the newsletter, send the information to Payton by e-mail or fax 344-8677.


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