The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 17, 2012

Cheers and jeers

Daily Item

---- — Cheers: To Sunbury police officer Travis Bremigen and Cpl. Brad Hare, who were first on the scene on Friday when a city woman went into labor at home. The police officers helped Laura Drumheller as she gave birth. Then when the child appeared to be in distress, Bremigen administered face-to-face resuscitation and massaged the baby to help it breathe. The police officers were not done. When an ambulance crew arrived, Bremigen and Hare told the other rescuers to stay with the mom and commandeered the ambulance to make a dash to Geisinger Medical Center to get the baby into the care of medical staff there. By Saturday, mom and the baby girl were doing fine at Geisinger. "All I can say to them is thank you," Drumheller said from her hospital bed at Geisinger. "They saved us."

Jeers: To the three unidentified hunters who were allegedly barely hunting when they took aim at a bear without bothering to leave the vehicle they were traveling in, near the intersection of Buffalo and Forest Hill roads, outside Mifflinburg recently. Wildlife conservation officer Dirk Remensnyder received a tip that someone had fired at a bear from a vehicle. Provided with a license plate number by the alarmed and likely scandalized witness, Remensnyder was able to track down the suspects. Remensnyder said there is more than just laziness to be concerned about in cases like this. Hunters who are rushing to load their weapons before they get out of the cars or trucks may accidentally fire their weapons, he said.

Cheers: To Sunbury officials, who encountered a bit of a speed bump in their race to redevelop the city. Last summer, city officials announced that they had targeted 40 blighted properties that they hoped to see renovated. Of those, 24 were fixed up by the property owners. While the shaming strategy seemed to make an impact, an entrepreneurial venture in acquiring a property, razing it and placing a new home in its place has not been quite as successful. A public sale of the home on Washington Avenue attracted no bidders on Saturday, to the dismay of Mayor David Persing and other officials who had hoped to sell the property for at least $150,000. The setback should not discourage the mayor and other leaders from the needed drive to tackle the blight issue.