- Written by Hannah Bawden
It is common in smaller communities for people to play many different roles, and when it comes to maintaining a rural ambulance service there is no exception. The members which comprise the Roose-velt Medical Center volunteer crew include town and school employees and teachers from the communities of Culbertson, Froid and Bainville. Many of these volunteers not only work primary jobs, but have families as well. Yet all of the RMC ambulance crew members have something in common: they have all made the commitment to step away from their jobs and loved ones when necessary to come to the aid of another in need.
The time and commitment necessary to become an Emergency Medical Technician is significant. The state requirement for hours for an EMT class is 120, but under the instruction of Teresia Moore of RMC, the total comes closer to 150 hours of education. Students taking the class will spend two nights a week for 3-4 hours per night and full days every other Saturday in the classroom. Students under the instruction of Moore are also required to respond to a minimum of 10 calls before course completion. In order to fully grasp the material, however, it is necessary to spend extra hours outside of class becoming familiar with the topics which will be covered next and reviewing for tests and quizzes.
As one can see, the path to becoming an EMT is far from simple. After passing the class final written and practical exams, one is eligible to take the state or national exams for licensure.
One must be 18 and have a high school diploma or its equivalent to become licensed.
The commitment only becomes greater after finishing the course and testing. As an EMT on a volunteer crew, one is on call 24/7. Injuries and illness do not take a break for inclement weather or for any hour. In these unfavorable situations, one must remember why they have taken on the challenge and responsibility that comes with being an EMT; one must recall that they entered into this field to be there for others in their time of need.
Being a member of a volunteer crew is a tremendous responsibility. But there is personally nothing I have been involved in thus far that I have enjoyed so much. The members of the RMC EMS crew, whether it be drivers or EMTs, are some of the most selfless, caring and enjoyable people that I know. I look forward to each meeting and training because not only do we get to learn, we always have a good time doing it.
I have been a member of the crew for a little over a year, and I look forward to turning 18 in March and becoming eligible for licensure. Being a member of the ambulance crew has not only allowed me to contribute to my community, it has given me experience that will be invaluable in my future endeavors. I am thankful for the opportunity to work and learn alongside these amazing people, and for everything I will continue to learn as a member of the RMC ambulance crew.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Editor’s Note: This is a partial list of activity the Roosevelt County/Fort Peck Tribes 911 Center reported for the previous week on the east end of Roosevelt County. Some reports of traffic and other minor offenses were omitted due to time restraints since the list was submitted after our 9 a.m. Tuesday deadline.)
Other thefts: March 4, 4:40 p.m., RCSO, 300 block, First Street, Froid.
Motor vehicle theft: March 6. 11:25 p.m., RCSO, Smokey’s Bar and Casino, Bainville.
Domestic Abuse: March 8, 3:20 a.m., RCSO, 200 block Rhea Street,
DUI/liquor: March 6, 1:38 a.m., Black Gold Casino, Bainville; March 7, 10:18 p.m., RCSO, VAL- AM, Culbertson.
DUI drugs: March 8, 11:02 a.m., RCSO, weigh scale, Culbertson; March 8, 11:52 a.m., FPTDLJ, DUI B.O.L.O., Brockton and Fort Kipp.
Trespassing: March 2, 8:07 p.m., RCSO, Black Gold Casino, Bainville; March 4, 10:31 a.m., RCSO, 500 block Broadway, Cul-
Missing person: March 7, 9:04 a.m., RCSO, RV park at the state line near Bainville.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence.)
As of Monday, March 9, 12 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, March 2, and Monday, March 9:
•Patrick J. Beauchamp, 35, Wolf Point, hold on U.S. Marshal’s warrant;
•Daniel Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•Dale A. Cooper, 38, Wolf Point, arrested on Roosevelt County warrant;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Christopher Hovey, 25, Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Jason Knight, 37; Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Paul Merica, 24, Salt Lake City, Utah, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, bonded out;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Samantha Starkey, 25, Wolf Point, partner/family member assault, released;
•Brian Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and fail to stop immediately at property damage accident.
- Written by John Plestina
Perhaps it’s too early to put away our shovels and extension cords for our engine block heaters. It’s like a crap shoot whether or not the balmy 50-plus degrees predicted for this coming weekend means the current two-day Arctic blast is winter’s last gasp.
That could be the case, according to Glasgow National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Tanja Fransen.
“We’re going to warm up by the end of the week,” she said Tuesday, March 3, at a time when the mercury had struggled to climb out of single digits to 10 degrees.
“The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is that it’s going to warm up. The six- to 10-day and 8- to 16-day outlook has us above normal and that takes us out to the 16th of March,” Fransen said.
“We still have a chance of seeing snow,” she said. “Usually mid-January to mid-February is our rock bottom.”
Then she added, “One of the reasons we can warm up so quickly is the lack of snow on the ground.”
Fransen cast doubt on the possibility that we could be headed into a drought due to a lack of moisture.
“We’re actually above normal for precipitation. Just because there is no snow on the ground doesn’t mean there isn’t enough moisture,” she said. “You’re about a quarter inch for the winter season below normal.”
With spring coming, more moisture is likely.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Students from Froid School wore lime green and showed support to Ray, N.D., after the deaths of three members of the Ray boys’ basketball team when a pick-up they were riding in crossed through the median on U.S. Hwy. 2 east of Williston and collided with a semi. The boys were identified as senior Tanner Garman, 18, and juniors Dalen Dorval and Waylyn Mcrae, both 17. (Photo by Shele Christoffersen)