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Chase City police credited with saving life

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Chase City officers John Reese and Nathan Fitz, right, with Police Chief Jay Jordan, left, and Chase City Mayor Eddie Bratton. / January 10, 2018
Chase City Mayor Eddie Bratton took a moment Monday night at the start of Chase City Town Council’s regular monthly meeting to praise two local police officers whose actions most likely saved the life of a shooting victim.

Bratton described the scene that Chase City police officers John Reese and Nathan Fitz faced on the night of Dec. 9 after receiving a call from the 911 center saying there was a shooting incident at a local trailer park. “As this location is actually in the county, two of our officers were dispatched to secure the scene pending the arrival of deputy sheriffs.”

Discovering a shooting victim at the scene, Bratton said, “Without hesitation, Chase City Police Officers John Reese and Nathan Fitz gave immediate first aid to the victim to keep his airway open pending the arrival of other officers and EMS workers.”

Bratton acknowledged what he called “the extraordinary effort of the officers, quite possibly saving the victim’s life.” He said their action was a “tribute to their professionalism and their training.”

Bratton also praised the employees of the Chase City Public Works Department who spent over 18 hours on Sunday, Jan. 7 repairing “four water line breaks, and working under very unpleasant circumstances.”

In other business, Town Council agreed to get estimates on the cost of installing decorative fencing around Woodland Cemetery. Council also authorized Town Manager Angela Lawrence to take steps necessary to sell two properties that were turned over to the town, at 8 and 12 E. Fifth Street.

Under new business, Lawrence explained that the hangars at the Chase City airport are being used as inexpensive storage buildings, holding almost anything but airplanes.

There are a number of airplane owners who have expressed an interest in storing their planes at the airport, but cannot since the hangars are filled with people’s overflow items, said Lawrence.

“Until we change our ancient policy, we cannot use our hangars for airport business,” He said.

Council agreed to authorize the town manager to revise the airport hangar rental policy to limit the use of the hangars to airplane and related item storage only.

Bratton took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his displeasure with the recent vandalism that took place at MacCallum More Museum and Gardens.

“For as long as I can recall, it has been a practice for our residents to place interesting decorations on and around their homes, whether to compete or not, just to add to the festivities of the Christmas season. So we offer our appreciation for these efforts and to the three clubs who encourage the activity, the Woman’s Club of Chase City, the Mary Wood Garden Club, and the Fortnightly Club.

“We had yet another group of young people who felt it was their job to vandalize the grounds at MacCallum More. They are learning this is not the case as they have been found out. Many thanks [to the town and the police department] for that very good effort to resolve this.”

Finally, Mac and Betty Bailey renewed their pledge to establish a nonprofit organization to aid in the renewal of Chase City. They will establish a 501(c)3 corporation to handle the money and to provide independent consideration of how the gift should be utilized, consistent with the dreams of the Baileys. The structure will take the fund out of the direct control of the town administration and separate the new group from existing restoration groups. The money comes from the sale proceeds for land that will be used for the Grasshopper solar farm.

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