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Mauldin firefighters awarded for lifesaving efforts

Three groups of Mauldin firefighters have been recognized for their lifesaving resuscitation efforts that occurred over the past year. Each recipient was presented with a certificate and a pin. In many cardiac-arrest situations, patients end up with physical deficits or may not survive; the significance of this award is that every patient not only survived cardiac arrest but was also discharged from the hospital with zero physical or neurological defects.

Firefighters receiving the award included Russel Anderson, Thomas Guthzeit, Jack Sweeney, Glen Guy, Eric Lutz, Andy McAbee, Brandon Cromer, Kevin Gainey, Charles Harris, Brian McHone, Tim Reardon, Mike Taylor, Jason Banks, Charles Harris, Tommy Holsonback, Anthony Horton, and Kyle Strickland.

Mauldin firefighters were also recognized for outstanding service at the S.C. Firefighters Association’s annual conference. Lt. Jeff Nix and Lt. Jacob Looney were awarded the Meritorious Action Award for rescuing a resident from a house fire in May. It is the first time Mauldin firefighters have received this state-level award.

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Center for Community Services announces Christmas in July food drive

The Center for Community Services will host a Christmas in July food drive to demonstrate that fighting hunger isn’t just important around the holidays; it is relevant all year. The beginning of summer means the end of free and reduced-price school meals for many children. The summer months are also difficult for many low-income seniors who are often forced to choose between paying bills and purchasing food. Food pantries often experience a slump in donations during the summer because of the lack of holiday giving opportunities.

Throughout July, the community can drop off donations of nonperishable food items and household goods at the following locations: Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce (102 Depot St., Fountain Inn); The Mauldin Chamber of Commerce/Mauldin Cultural Center (101 E. Butler Road, Mauldin); The Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce (100 W. Trade St., Simpsonville); and The Center for Community Services (1102 Howard Drive, Simpsonville).

The most-needed food items are canned meat, vegetables, soup, macaroni and cheese and other kinds of pasta, spaghetti sauce, brown rice, dried beans, peanut butter, jelly, oatmeal, cereal, and breakfast bars. The most-needed household goods are diapers, baby wipes, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, bath soap, laundry, detergent, training pants, toilet paper, shampoo/conditioner, feminine-hygiene products, and household cleaners.

Duke Energy Foundation donation funds books for S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind students

The Duke Energy Foundation donated $10,000 for the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind’s book club. The funds will be used to purchase additional books for the school’s Really Cool for My School Book Club. Each student at the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind receives books annually to take home and keep as his or her own as part of schoolwide book distributions. Students who participate in the school’s after-school book club receive additional books to take home and keep.

The goal of the Really Cool for My School Book Club is to build students’ personal libraries and their interest in reading. Provided through the school’s foundation, the books are available in regular print, large print, and Braille. Reading is a major initiative at the school, and incentives are offered throughout the year to encourage an ongoing interest in reading.

“This generous gift represents a contribution to the development of reading skills and a lifelong interest in reading,” said Ann Akerman, CEO of the school’s foundation, in a news release. “We are grateful to Duke Energy for the wonderful gift and for taking the time to come out and celebrate reading with our students.”

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