October 12, 2012

Thorns & Roses


•To the two Logansport firefighters who were recognized this week for saving a seven-month-old baby who was choking. The department received a call on Sept. 22 about a baby with something obstructing its airway. Firefighters Matt Harris and Jim Stotler responded to the call, and Stotler managed to dislodge the item using back thrusts. Stotler said Wednesday there was some bleeding where the ring had been, but the baby was fine. Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin presented both men with certificates. Stotler said it was merely chance that he and Harris were the ones being honored. “Every single guy here would have done the same thing,” he said.

• To all the participants in the 21st annual Great Grown-up Spelling Bee. The team from Columbia Middle School won the event, while Steinberger  Construction took second place and Calvary Presbyterian took third. Pioneer Schools, known as the Spellbinders, won the Spirit Award. But all 17 teams and all of the other volunteers contributed to the atmosphere, and best of all, the event raised about $2,000 for Literacy Volunteers of Cass County.

• To six-year-old Aspen Cozzello, the daughter of Anthony Cozzello, the lead pastor at Revolution Community Church. Aspen saw a video depicting 32-year-old Joe Robison’s battle with cancer, and she decided she wanted to help. When he got home one evening, her dad said, Aspen told him she wanted to have a lemonade stand. He made the lemonade, and Aspen made the sign. She sat at the lemonade stand for three hours and made a total of $76, even moving the stand once to get to a spot with more traffic. Robison’s mother, Donna, said it brought tears to her eyes when the Cozzellos delivered the money. “Seeing this little girl, at 6 years old, do something that wonderful, tore us all apart,” she said. “Aspen has a heart of gold, and Anthony should be proud.” Sadly, Robison died Monday, the day after a story about Aspen’s gesture appeared in the Pharos-Tribune.

• To the organizers of last weekend’s inaugural Pumpkin Run for Autism. Despite the colder weather, nearly 200 people attended the event to watch  participants race decorated pumpkins down a hill at Bishop Park. The event this year was in honor of Nicole “Niki” Savini, one of the event’s main organizers who died in a traffic accident last month.

• To Morgan Mills, who raised $11,000 as a 2012 bachelorette for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Indiana Chapter. Mills, a 2007 Logansport High School graduate, was one of 30 bachelor and bachelorette honorees. “It is very rewarding to be part of this amazing program with some of the most professional, active and energetic young professionals working toward the same goal,” Mills said. “It’s truly an honor to be able to help raise awareness for something that I am so passionate about.”

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