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May 17, 2018 The Hesston RecordMay 17, 2018 The Hesston Record

Highest Honor

Posted 2/22/2018

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PRESIDENT Donald Trump awards the Public Safety Medal of Valor to Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder Tuesday during a ceremony at the White House. Schroeder received the medal for his actions during the Excel shooting two years ago.
WHITEHOUSE.GOV PHOTO PRESIDENT Donald Trump awards the Public Safety Medal of Valor to Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder Tuesday during a ceremony at the White House. Schroeder received the medal for his actions during the Excel shooting two years ago.

President Donald Trump personally presented the Public Safety Medal of Valor to Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder at the White House Tuesday.

Schroeder and several first responders and law enforcement agents from across the nation received medals.

It was nearly two years ago that Schroeder entered the Excel Industries plant and confronted an active shooter who had shot several employees. Schroeder entered the building without backup, located the shooter, and fatally wounded him.

“Thank God you were there,” Trump said.

The Medal of Valor is the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers in the U.S.

In the presentation, Trump noted that Schroeder entered the building alone. “When faced with danger, these people put the lives of others before their own,” Trump said.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions opened the ceremony, noting that it was unusual for a president to present the medals but Trump had asked to do it.

Sessions said doing public safety work “requires great love of your community. You have changed lives.”

Hesston City Administrator Gary Emry also at tended the ceremony.

Last July, it was announced Schroeder would receive the medal but was unclear when the White House trip would occur.

The announcement came during a private gathering of city employees when Schroeder was notified he would be traveling to Washington, D.C., to receive the award.

Following the announcement, Schroeder addressed the gathering of city employees.

“I was expecting some bad news,” he joked, “We never get together like this. 

“But beyond that, I’m humbled, and know that, at every speaking opportunity I’ve been given and invited to, the first thing I mention is this was a total team effort, and I saw every one of you working beyond your shifts and working beyond your regular job routine.”

“When I get to D.C., please know you will be with me, and they will hear that message as well. I will accept this recognition on the behalf of all first responders that saved lives at Excel that day,” he said. 

Zaylah Wray Can Write

Posted 2/22/2018

By BLAKE SPURNEY

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ZAYLAH Wray displays the certificate she received for winning a statewide creative writing award from the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene.
PROVIDED PHOTO ZAYLAH Wray displays the certificate she received for winning a statewide creative writing award from the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene.

Zaylah Wray’s zest for reading and writing put her $150 closer toward purchasing a car after she won a statewide contest among elementary school students.

The precocious second-grader submitted her entry for the competition held by the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene upon learning of it from extended learning teacher Rebecca McGuire.

“I wrote a story about the powwow, and the Kansas history was based on pioneers and Indians,” she said.

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City Moves To MarketLand Bank Properties

Posted 2/22/2018

Hesston Record Staff

NEWTON—Nearing the two year anniversary of the Excel shooting, Safehope director Jan Jones announced the county would be receiving $700,000 in federal grant funding to help with a “resiliency project,” for victims of the event that took place Feb. 25, 2016. 

Jones made a presentation on the project Tuesday to the county commission.

She said the project would help respond to the trauma caused by the event and put “survivor services” in place.

Part of those funds will reimburse expenditures made by SafeHope and other governing bodies for expenses dealing with the shooting. Part of the funds will go toward things like hiring additional staff such as a resiliency project administrator as well as an administrative assistant as well as paying for counseling of victims.

“We can put in our focus and put our energy forward to getting the program up and running,” Jones said.

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Claassen Qualifies For State Robotics

Posted 2/22/2018

Record StaffLUKE Arrasmith, left, and Ian Weaver hold an excellence and judge's award they won at a robotics competition in Hillsboro.LUKE Arrasmith, left, and Ian Weaver hold an excellence and judge's award they won at a robotics competition in Hillsboro.

Hesston High School robotics teacher Trevor Foreman has created a monster in terms of his own expectations.

Just one of 10 entries competing Saturday at the Hillsboro in the Zone event qualified for the Kansas State Tournament of Champions to be held March 10 in Hutchinson. That belonged to Kyler Claassen.

“It’s the first time in 5 ½ years that we’ve come back from a competition that I’ve been disappointed,” Foreman said. “But maybe that’s a good thing. … We can’t just show up and win trophies like we used to. There are a lot more schools involved now, and the competition is getting better.”

 

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