Let our Hometown Heroes inspire

By on March 19, 2009

If you read page 1A of this week’s Elburn Herald, you will learn about two Elburn residents named Hometown Heroes by the Fox River Chapter of the Red Cross. These are two oustanding individuals who performed significant feats in the face of danger (Cpl. Kevin Lamb) and a medical emergency (Dr. Laura Lemke).

As proud as everyone in our communities must be of these two individuals, we hope their stories inspire others to engage in their communities and serve as everyday “hometown heroes.”

One way is to take part in an upcoming training series called the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.), held in Elburn on Thursdays from March 26 to April 30 at Village Hall, 301 E. North St., Elburn.

For emergency responders, such as police, firefighters and EMTs, there may be no bigger fear than the idea of an incident so severe that they are unable to meet the demand of a public in need.

Whether it is due to the sheer magnitude of the incident and victims, or due to reasons like blocked roadways or failing communications, emergency providers have learned from past disasters regular citizens are often more than willing to help when emergency responders are unable to.

With that in mind, emergency responders throughout the nation offer a series of training events to help citizens learn how to prepare for, and react to, such a disaster. This series takes citizens through a variety of topics, ranging from preparing for disasters to fire suppression to emergency medical activities.

Having just a little bit of training can help citizens help each other in those critical moments right after disaster strikes.

We urge everyone in the Elburn community who is available during those training hours to attend, and we hope that you will never need to put the information into practice.

To register for the C.E.R.T. training, visit www.elburn.il.us, click on Police, and then click on Cert. For more information, call Sgt. Ron Brandenburg, (630) 387-8743 or e-mail him at rbrandenburg@elburn.il.us.