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Officer and dispatcher recognized for saving a life

April 26, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the April 18 Canfield City Council meeting, a police officer and dispatcher were honored for their life saving efforts. Officer Mark Meshula and Dispatcher Pam Vizzini were issued "Life Saving Award" pins and plaques for their efforts earlier this year.

Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci opened the special presentation segment of the meeting by explaining the Canfield 911 Center. He said it is the only 911 Center in Mahoning County that uses the EMD card system to talk a caller through life-saving methods that could help save a life.

On January 11 of this year, a 911 call came in to Canfield Dispatch. A local resident, a man around 50 years old, was having chest pains. Vizzini immediately dispatched the medical rescue truck while going to her medical emergency cards. Colucci said she talked the man's wife through life-saving methods over the phone.

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Canfield Police Officer Mark Meshula and Canfield Dispatcher Pam Vizzini were recognized at the April 18 city meeting for the efforts in saving the life of a resident. Standing behind the two, after they received their awards, were council members, Mayor Richard Duffett, Christine Oliver, President of Council John Morvay, Bruce Neff, and Charles Tieche.

Officer Mark Meshula was first to arrive on the scene, and he immediately spring into action.

"He saw the man was unresponsive and not breathing, so he began chest compressions," Colucci said. "He steyed with it even after the medical crew arrived."

The quick response by all concerned enabled the man to be revived.

"Today he is back to work and doing well," Colucci said.

Meshula and Vizzini were given a round of applause as they were presented with pins and plaques honoring their fast response and life-saving efforts.

The only other item on the agenda was a mobile food truck ordinance. Council first got a summary of what the ordinance would regulate and how.

City Manager Wade Calhoun said, "This allows food trucks around the Village Green and in districts zone special, such as churches, schools and the like."

Council woman Christine Oliver said she would like to prevent the trucks from setting up on vacant properties, and that should be in the ordinance.

Council President John Morvay brought up the issue of companies in town bringing in the trucks for their employees at lunch. He said the way the ordinance is written, they couldn't set up in an industrial zone.

Councilman Chuck Tieche said the ordinance needed further work before it is voted on. Council agreed and removed it from the agenda.

Speaking on the issue was Enid Maldonado from the Canfield Fourth of July Committee. She said last year a mobile vendor set up on a private property near the Village Green and was in direct competition with bone of the non-profit vendors the committee let on the Green. She said the other vendor was approached and asked to not put the competitive item on the menu and also to donate to the parade event. In both cases, the vendor refused. She said it would be great to see them regulated.

In other business:

Calhoun said the Mahoning County Commissioners will be holding their May 2 meeting at Canfield City Hall at 4:30 p.m., prior to the regular council meeting.

Calhoun said the brush pick up schedule is on the city's web site and will start with the northeast section on the week of April 29.

Morvay said he received communications from residents who want to be able to file city taxes electronically.



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