Council honors five for lifesaving efforts

Published 2:02 pm Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Cassopolis Village Council honored five first responders for their recent lifesaving efforts.

Cassopolis Police Chief Brian La Valle, along with officers Don Obermesik and Kyle Hart’s quick response saved the life of Roosevelt Thomas prior to a village council meeting Jan. 9.

Officers Oliver Fiala and Darr Phillips also saved the life of a village resident by performing CPR for about 20 minutes later that week.

They received plaques from the council in appreciation for their efforts at its regular meeting Monday night.

The council also appointed Ted Gogol and Robert Fiala as the village’s representatives on the Stone Lake Improvement Board.

The board make up will consist of Gogol and Fiala from the Village of Cassopolis, Cass County Drain Commissioner Bruce Campbell and Cass County Commissioner Mike Grice.

Now that the board has been selected, it will appoint a fifth member, who will be a Stone Lake resident.

The council passed a resolution in November for the creation of the lake board so that it can move forward with the proposed treatment of Stone Lake in April.

LaGrange Township voted at its January meeting not to be a part of the board. It would have had been represented by one member.

Cassopolis Village Manager Emilie Sarratore said that now that the board members have been selected that it will host its first meeting before the end of the month.

In other action, the council:

  • Approved spending $500 for a sign honoring the late Dan Lee for Clisbee Park.
  • Approved the purchase of an AED for the village hall.

Cutline: Police officers Don Obermesik, Kyle Hart, Chief Brian La Valle, Oliver Fiala and Darr Phillips were presented plaques in appreciation for their recent lifesaving efforts on a pair of village residents. (Submittted photo)