Leader photos by ELIZABETH DEGRIE AND T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
Above: A wheelchair passenger van rolled over an unknown number of times before coming to rest on its side on Chatham Highway at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, said all occupants were out of the vehicle when emergency responders arrived. One passenger was transported to the emergency room with unknown injuries.
Below: One person was transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center Tuesday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 145 and U.S. Highway 80 in Choudrant. Keisha Leonard of Baton Rouge was driving south on La. 145 and reportedly ran a stop sign and struck a 2001 Toyota pick-up traveling on U.S. 80. The driver of the pick-up was taken to the hospital, while Leonard was ticketed for failure to yield.
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Firefighters from the Lincoln Parish, Ruston and Choudrant forces gathered at the Fire Training Center this week to brush up on high-angle rescue and ropes techniques.
While there are few tall buildings in the area, Chief Dennis Ford with the Lincoln Parish Fire Department said there are many other opportunities to utilize this training such as if someone is trapped on a water or cell tower.
Additionally, Ford said it is important for ratings and emergency situations that rescue personnel have as much training as possible.
The Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at approximately 1:37 p.m. Friday.
The location of the fire was reportedly at 402 Water Tank Road in southern Lincoln Parish. LPFD spokesman Jim Hilton said the first units to arrive on the scene found heavy smoke and fire in one end of the structure.
“Some kids come dragging in because Mom and Dad said that they had to. But when they leave they say ‘That was fun. I want to come back tomorrow. Are they doing it again?’” Holmes said.
Holmes, who made her comments during the fair, pointed to two girls in the corner of the room, as an example of this phenomenon.
“Those two little girls stood behind their mom as she filled in the registration form. But, look and see now — they have smiles on their faces. When they heard that they were going to a Math Fair, they probably thought they were going to do something boring,” Holmes said.