Arkansas News

Monday, January 27, 2020

Arkansas Trauma System celebrates a decade of saving lives

It's been a decade since the creation of the Arkansas Trauma System. Since its launch, it's estimated the number of preventable injury-related deaths have been cut in half. "It’s really helped those patients who otherwise might not be here today to be back with their families," Branch Chief of Trauma Greg Brown said. The coordinated system links EMS providers to the closest hospital that provides the care needed for a patient. 62 hospitals make up the system and follow guidelines to help route emergency providers and patients to the right places . "The system is really important to every Arkansan," Brown said. "Whether you live in a county with a small hospital, or a large metro area like Little Rock." Arkansas was one of the last states in the country to set up a state-wide trauma system.
KATV-TV ABC 7 Little Rock

Jonesboro firefighters, dispatchers honored with awards

At least 14 Jonesboro firefighters and dispatchers were given awards Thursday evening for their service to the community, including several who were honored for their role in helping to save the life of a child in a fire. According to a post on the Jonesboro Fire Department Facebook page, the department had its annual awards ceremony at Fire Station 3. The awards were given, based on the recommendations of a committee of their peers, the post noted. Captain Brent Deckard received Officer of the Year, while Firefighter Derrick Donnell was given the Firefighter of the Year award. There were 12 firefighters and dispatchers who were honored in helping to save the life of the child in Jan. 2019.
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

North Little Rock police investigating house fire as homicide

According to North Little Rock police, a house fire is being investigated as a homicide. At around 1:50 a.m. on January 18, officers were dispatched to 17 Quillen in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, officers say the house was fully engulfed in flames. The NLR Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, then began searching the residence. During the search, the body of a male subject was found. North Little Rock police began an investigation and sent the remains to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. The man was identified as 32-year-old Joshua Dylan Watson and the manner of death was ruled a homicide. The North Little Rock Police Department is offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for Watson's death.
KTHV-TV CBS 11 Little Rock

Bella Vista stump dump fire liability back in question

A state environmental review board Friday set aside a consent order between state regulators and a company connected to the Bella Vista stump dump fire that would potentially release the company from having to pay for the fire's extinguishment. The Bella Vista Property Owners Association, which challenged the agreement, presented new evidence that merits a hearing on the matter, the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission determined in a vote with no vocal opposition. The property owners association contended that the consent order contradicted an order that it had signed with the Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality. The new order, the association argued, meant it would have to swallow the $4 million expense it incurred putting out the fire without the potential to recoup money from others who were responsible, such as the company, Fredericks Construction.
Northwest Arkansas News - Metered Site

Friday, January 24, 2020

Batesville firefighters respond to apartment fire

Batesville firefighters spent Thursday evening battling a fire at an apartment complex, officials said. According to a post on the Batesville Fire Department Facebook page, firefighters went to the apartment complex on Case Street around 8:35 p.m. Jan. 23 about the fire. The fire was found at the back porch area and was quickly put out. No one was hurt and officials said the people at the apartment, including three children, were able to stay warm in the cab of the fire truck.
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

Cat found ’nearly frozen’ in Fort Smith makes full recovery

A cat that was found nearly frozen has been saved by a Fort Smith animal rescue. A sheriff's deputy alerted The Artemis Project Wednesday, Jan. 22, about a cat in desperate need of saving. “We have relationships with some of the deputies, some of the animal lovers, and asked if we could come take a look because he was in pretty bad shape,” said Jennifer Reddout of The Artemis Project. When rescuers arrived at Ben Geren Park in Fort Smith they found a cat suffering from hypothermia and wounds to his hind legs. “I don’t think he would have survived another day out here, not in the condition that he was in,” Reddout said. Luckily, rescuers were able to get the cat's body temperature back up and tend to his wounds. The cat, now dubbed Ben, is on the road to recovery. The rescue however still has other animals in need of medical aid.
KTHV-TV Little Rock

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