It’s been around 25 years since Bill Dickerson took a CPR course.
“It was in the early ’90s and I was with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, but that’s as much as I can remember,” the 78-year-old Dickerson said.
He never had to use the training, and over time, even wondered if he would remember how to use it if ever needed.
He received that answer a month ago on a sunny Friday in Tucson, Arizona, where he and his wife, Lila, spend the winter months.
The Cridersville man was admiring a 1965 Corvette at a car show when something told him he better return to their nearby home. As he arrived, Lila, informed him a neighbor wasn’t breathing.
Bill rushed next door and found the neighbor on the floor, unconscious and being assisted by two other men, who were struggling. “As I jumped in to help, I started to remember the CPR training I had taken so many years ago,” Dickerson said.
He did chest compressions on the neighbor for six to seven minutes before paramedics arrived. They used a defibrillator to get the neighbor’s heart beating on its own.
“The guy is doing well now. He called me a couple of weeks ago to thank me for saving his life. I’m just glad all that training came back to me,” Bill said.
That brought a chuckle from Lila. “He forgets things I want him to do, but he remembered how to do the CPR … which was great,” she said.
What amazes a lot of people is that Dickerson was able to do the chest compressions for such a long period of time without tiring. He credits it to his weight-lifting hobby.
“I’ve been lifting since I was in my 20s. Last year I entered a bench press competition for people over 75 and finished first … of course I was the only one entered.”
Don’t let him fool you. He put up 190 pounds that day.
“My goal this year is 200,” he said.
Something tells me he’s going to get it.
ROSES AND THORNS: A judge speaks out and earns a spot in the rose garden.
Rose: To Allen County Judge Jeffrey Reed, who expressed his disgust with the endless string of gun-related cases that have streamed into his courtroom. In sentencing Terry Williams, the judge stated, “This is like the gunfight at the OK Corral or something. Someone is dead, and someone has to be punished. There seem to be a lot of people in this community who think the way to resolve problems is with gunfire. But enough is enough.”
Rose: Trooper Chad Recker of the Lima Post of the Ohio State Patrol made 121 arrests of people for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs of abuse, the most in the region during 2017. Patrolman Scott Luedeke had the most OVI arrests for the Lima Police Department with 78 and Alex Greshma was tops for the Allen County Sheriff’s Office with 50. The three officers were among the many honored with “Top Cop” awards during a banquet of Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Allen, Hardin and Putnam counties.
Rose: A $150,000 donation by the Lima Rotary Club will go toward the construction of an amphitheater in downtown Lima.
Thorn: To Frank Urwin, 55, of St. Henry. He’s charged with assaulting Travis Faber, a candidate for the 84th District of the Ohio House. Urwin allegedly opened Faber’s car door and physically assaulted him, pulling him from the car and repeatedly striking him. The incident occurred after Faber caught Urwin removing one of Faber’s large campaign signs from private property.
Thorn: A fire at an east side car wash was started by someone who “placed a container of an accelerant against the wall of the structure, ignited it and walked away,” according to Toby Jenkins, an investigator for the Lima Fire Department.
Thorn: Several residencies in Van Wert County have been victims of mail theft, Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach reports.
PARTING SHOT: In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.