Posted on May 23, 2017

Rainbow Communications Honoring and Recognizing local First Responders

A First Responder’s duty is to serve and protect the community they live in and is likely to be among the first to assist at the scene of an emergency. Police and Sheriff Officers, firefighters, paramedics and EMS personnel put themselves on the front lines of emergency situations to keep our communities a safer place to live. Rainbow Communications will honor our local these men and women for their courageous acts of selfless duty and over the course of the year by visiting local law enforcement agencies, volunteer fire departments, and first responders. Rainbow plans to deliver food and treats to our local first responders along with thin line bracelets that correspond to each organization. 

Please join us in honoring and recognizing our local heroes!

Emergency Medical Services

Rainbow Visits Sabetha EMS

Back Row: Doug Brammer, Logan Fehr, Ed Steinlage, Logan Lierz, Bill Roggenkamp, Michelle Devore, Kevin Wiltz, Josh Hartter

Front Row: Julie Bergman (Rainbow), Josh Burger, Jamison Bergman, Diane Krogmann, Kalynn Miller, Pam Jackman, Mike Rokey, Cheri Key, Terri McGuire

Not pictured: Brenda Lierz, Jennifer Carr, Bobbi Dillon, Lauren Livengood, Hayley Mitchell, Josh Payne, Alison Roggenkamp, Andrea Roggenkamp, Cesali Shaver, and Mateo Kirwan.

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of Sabetha consists of 25 volunteers. The strictly all-volunteer organization meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm. After each meeting, monthly training sessions are conducted which can last 1-2 hours. These trainings help sustain skills that are essential in keeping compliant with the Kansas Board of EMS. The Sabetha EMS responds to about 325 calls a year, with all 911 calls going through the Nemaha County Dispatch Center which are transferred to the Sabetha Dispatch Center. From here, they tone them out to the volunteers. The territory of the Sabetha EMS is from the state line road to just north of Wetmore and from Highway 75 west to S road.

Rainbow Communications visited the Sabetha EMS volunteers on Tuesday, May 9th and delivered pizza & pop for the volunteers to enjoy. While at the Sabetha EMS, Rainbow presented the volunteers with thin white line bracelets to show support and recognition of their efforts. Thank you to the Sabetha EMS for their daily acts of courage and contribution to the Sabetha community.

 

Rainbow Visits Horton EMS

Back: left to right: Rachel Knudson (Rainbow), Jeremy Forkenbrock, Erin Taff, Justin Geniuk

Front: left to right: Ciara Nioce (Rainbow), Melissa Geniuk, Shannon Scott 

Not pictured: Mike Monson, Chance Bontrager, Lara Strube, Loree Monson, Ivan Taff, and Luke Pollock

 

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of Horton is a Horton Community Hospital-based service that consists of 12 paid volunteers. The volunteer organization meets on a regular basis monthly where training sessions are conducted and the format is geared towards educating the volunteers under the guidelines of the Kansas Board of EMS. These trainings help sustain skills that are essential in keeping compliant. The Horton EMS responds to about 400 calls a year. Calls coming from Horton to 911 go through the Horton Dispatch and calls from a cell phone, or outlying areas go through the Brown County Dispatch. Then, the Brown County Dispatch transfer the call to Horton, where they tone them out to the volunteers. The territory of the Horton EMS is from the Baker black-top (170th S) to the county line east, west and south.

Rainbow Communications visited the Horton EMS volunteers on Thursday, May 11th and delivered pizza & pop for the volunteers to enjoy. While at the Horton EMS, Rainbow presented the volunteers with thin white line bracelets to show support and recognition of their efforts. Thank you to the Horton EMS for their daily acts of courage and contribution to the Horton community.

Rainbow visits Doniphan County EMS District #1 

L to R: Stacy Simmer (Rainbow), James Stamper, Nicole McKittrick, Matthew McKittrick, Wyane Rush and Tom Cook.

Not pictured: Jared and Kelsey Adkins, Andrew Kesterson, and Johnathan Edwards
    
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of Doniphan County District #1 is a volunteer organization consisting of 8 members from Troy, and 7 members from Wathena and is equipped with 2 ambulances. The volunteer organization meets on a regular basis monthly where training sessions are conducted and the format is geared towards educating the volunteers under the guidelines of the Kansas Board of EMS. Such trainings can include, narcan; training for narcotic overdoses, CPR and first aid, Incident planning and preparation, and much more. These trainings help sustain skills that are essential in keeping compliant. The Doniphan County EMS responds to about 1 call a day, or around 360-400 calls a year. The territory of the Doniphan County EMS is from the center part of Doniphan County, roughly K-7 to the city of Elwood.
Rainbow Communications visited the Doniphan County EMS volunteers on Saturday, May 20th and delivered pizza & pop for the volunteers to enjoy. While at the Doniphan County EMS, Rainbow presented the volunteers with thin white line bracelets to show support and recognition of their efforts. Thank you to the Doniphan County EMS for their daily acts of courage and contribution to the area community.

Rainbow Communications visits Denton and Bendena EMS and Fire Department

Front Row, Left to right:  Ralph Becker, Jane Knudson, Rick Hoffman, Steve Davis, Chris Hoffman, Henry Peuker, Bev Armstrong (Rainbow)

Second Row, Left to right:  Alex Meyer, Felicia Rush, Brandon Lorenz, Bob Hoffman, Allen Simmons, Tyson Rush Back Row, Left to right:  Robert Powell, Dean Dickson Not pictured:  Travis Peuker

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) & Fire Department of Denton and Bendena a volunteer organization consisting of 15 volunteers. The volunteer organization meets on a regular basis monthly where trainings can include CPR and first aid, how the volunteers handled previous calls, improving performance, equipment needs and much more. These trainings help sustain skills that are essential in keeping compliant. The Denton and Bendena Fire & EMS respond to about 35-40 calls a year dispatched out of the Troy Sheriff’s office. The territory of the Bendena and Denton EMS and Fire Department is from the Atchison County line on south to 180th on North and the Brown County line on west to 1 mile east of K7.

Rainbow Communications visited the Bendena and Denton EMS and Fire Department volunteers on Monday, June 19th and delivered pizza & pop for the volunteers to enjoy. While at the Bendena and Denton EMS and Fire Department, Rainbow presented the volunteers with thin white line and red line bracelets to show support and recognition of their efforts. Thank you to the Bendena and Denton EMS and Fire Department for their daily acts of courage and contribution to the area community.

Rainbow visits Hiawatha EMS 

Pictured: Jerad Enneking (Rainbow), Malachi Oswald, Kris Koerperich, Dustin Williams, Kent Grimm, Stephen Gilpin, Jennifer Barber, Doug Brawer, Jodi Lee, Darcy Nightingale, Duke Koerperich, Josh Long, and Micah Grimm

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of Hiawatha is an organization that is comprised of very dedicated individuals. Monthly meetings are conducted where training sessions are led to help sustain skills that are essential in keeping compliant with the Kansas Board of EMS. Agenda items can range from compliance, equipment needs, or making sure all EMS personnel is up-to-date on certifications. The Hiawatha EMS responds to about 700 calls a year, with all 911 calls going through the Brown County Dispatch Center where the EMS is then paged directly – some calls coming directly from the Hiawatha Community Hospital. From here, they tone them out to those on call. The territory of the Hiawatha EMS is the North ¾ of Brown County, and all of Brown County North of 170th.

Rainbow Communications visited the Hiawatha EMS entity on Wednesday, July 12th, and delivered pizza & pop for them to enjoy. While at the Hiawatha EMS, Rainbow presented the organization with thin white line bracelets to show support and recognition of their efforts. Thank you to the Hiawatha EMS for their daily acts of courage and contribution to the Hiawatha community.

Rainbow Visits Nemaha County EMS

Pictured: Jennifer Hermesch (Rainbow), Annette Evans, Jason Deters, Curt Johnson, Stephanie Uselton, Alex Bergstrom, Lori Hynek, Colby Van Wagoner, Paul Strathman, Connie Ronnebaum, Con Olson, and Julie Bergman (Rainbow).


Not Pictured: Jayme Koch, Nate Engelken, Dillon Filkins, Brent Teter, Jay Watkins and Doug Rogers

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of Nemaha County is an organization that is comprised of very dedicated individuals. Monthly meetings are conducted where training sessions are led to help sustain skills that are essential in keeping compliant with the Kansas Board of EMS. Agenda items can range from compliance, equipment needs, training, and mandatory 2 hour training for all EMS personnel to keep up-to-date on certifications. The Nemaha County EMS responds to about 450 calls a year, with all 911 calls going through the Nemaha County Dispatch Center where the EMS is then paged directly. The territory of the Nemaha County EMS is Seneca, Baileyville, Centralia, Corning, Goff, and the west half of Bern.
Rainbow Communications visited the Nemaha County EMS entity on Wednesday, August 16th, and delivered pizza & pop for them to enjoy. While at the Nemaha County EMS, Rainbow presented the organization with thin white line bracelets to show support and recognition of their efforts. Thank you to the Nemaha County EMS for their daily acts of courage and contribution to the surrounding communities.
Please join Rainbow in honoring and recognizing our local heroes!

Police Department

Hiawatha Police Department

Pictured: Jerad Enneking (Rainbow), Records Clerk Barb Mauslein, Investigator Mikey Gruber, Detective Beau Hasenohr, Officer Dustin Winters (and family). Office Assistant Jeanette Ward, Officer Janet Jeffery, and Chief John Defore.

Not Pictured: Part Time Officer Duke Koerperich, Part Time Officer Cory Lay, Captain Dennis Entrikin, Officer Brandon Lowe, Officer Justin Keller.

The Hiawatha Police Department is an organization that is comprised of 8 full-time police officers, 3 part-time police officers, and 2 clerks. Quarterly meetings are conducted where training sessions are led to help sustain skills that are essential in keeping compliant with the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (KS-CPOST). All Officers are required to have 40 hours of training a year under KS-CPOST. The Hiawatha Police Department responded to 3,512 calls in 2016, 1,080 of them being criminal cases that lead to prosecution. 911 calls go through the Brown County Dispatch Center where the Hiawatha Police Department is sent calls within their jurisdiction. The territory of the Hiawatha Police Department is the within the city limits of Hiawatha.

Rainbow Communications visited the Hiawatha Police Department entity on Thursday, July 28th, and delivered pizza & pop for them to enjoy. While at the Hiawatha Police Department, Rainbow presented the organization with thin blue line bracelets to show support and recognition of their efforts. Thank you to the Hiawatha Police Department for their daily acts of courage and contribution to the Hiawatha community.

Horton Police Department

Pictured: Office James Stuart, Officer Bruce Hodges, P/T Officer Jason McManus, Officer Brian Swenson, Sgt. Jon Boller, Stacy Simmer (Rainbow), and Chief John Calhoon


Not Pictured: Officer Chris Horns (military deployment), Officer Zane Goforth, Dispatches: Beth Larson, Brenda Tawzer, Donna Pierce, Chandra Martin, P/T Dispatchers: Karen Broyles and Jen Glesser.


The Horton Police Department is an organization that is comprised of 6 full-time police officers, 2 part-time police officers, 4 full-time dispatchers and 2 part-tine dispatchers. Quarterly meetings are conducted where training sessions are led to help sustain skills such as taser and firearm training, CPR and first aid, new legislative laws, juvenile intake procedures, and meeting with the prosecutor. Also, the force will call on outside entities for additional training. The Horton Police Department responded to 4,210 incidents in 2016 with 459 cases generated. In 2017, calls currently responded to are 3,084 with 352 cases being generated. 911 calls go through their own Dispatch Center where the Horton Police Department primarily gets calls from South Brown County. The territory of the Horton Police Department is within the city limits of Horton. However, the Horton Police Department will respond as an assisting agency to Kickapoo, Everest, and as requested by the Brown County Sherriff’s office. 


Rainbow Communications visited the Horton Police Department on Wednesday, September 6th, and delivered pizza & pop for them to enjoy. While at the Horton Police Department, Rainbow presented the organization with thin blue line bracelets to show support and recognition of their efforts. Thank you to the Horton Police Department for their daily acts of courage and contribution to the Horton community and its surrounding areas.

Iowa Tribe Police Department

Pictured: Asst. Chief Luke Keller, Chief Allen Phroper, Officer Terry Mooney, Stacy Simmer (Rainbow), Admin Asst. TJ Price, Officers Mike Shea, Nathan Garlington and Scott Elrod.


The Iowa Tribe Police Department is an organization that is comprised of 7 full-time police officers, and 1 part-time police officer. The officers meet as needed where training sessions are led to help sustain skills such as CPR and first aid, firearm, taser, intake procedures, and day-to-day routine items. The Iowa Tribe Police Department responds to over 6,000 incidents (security checks, etc.) in a year with 300-400 cases generated. 911 calls go through Dispatch Centers of Brown, Doniphan Counties in Kansas and Richardson County in Nebraska where the Iowa Tribe Police Department is paged directly. The Territory of the Iowa Tribe Police Department is roughly 70 square miles, with the reservation being in both states of Kansas and Nebraska. 

Rainbow Communications visited the Iowa Tribe Police Department on Wednesday, September 13th, and delivered pizza & pop for them to enjoy. While at the Iowa Tribe Police Department, Rainbow presented the organization with thin blue line bracelets to show support and recognition of their efforts. Thank you to the Iowa Tribe Police Department for their daily acts of courage and contribution to the tribe’s community and its surrounding areas.

Troy Police Department and Doniphan County Sheriff Department

Pictured: Stacy Simmer (Rainbow), Officer Scott Hirtler, Sheriff Chad Clary, Troy PD Doug Duncan, Officer Nathan Keller, and Officer Dan Rathmann.


The Doniphan County Sheriff’s Department is an organization that is comprised of 6 full-time police officers. The officers meet as needed where training sessions are led to help sustain skills such as CPR and first aid, firearm, taser, intake procedures, and day-to-day routine items. The Doniphan County Sheriff’s Department responds to over 8,500 incidents a year. 911 calls go through Dispatch Centers of Doniphan County. Doniphan County Dispatch helps dispatch for Elwood, Wathena, Troy, Highland, and the Iowa Tribe and their territory is the entire county of Doniphan.


The Troy Police Department is comprised of 1 full-time officer. The Troy Police Department’s limited are within the city limits of Troy and responds to roughly 10-15 calls a month.


Rainbow Communications visited the Doniphan County Sheriff’s and Troy Police Department on Wednesday, September 27th, and delivered pizza & pop for them to enjoy. While there, Rainbow presented the organization with thin blue line bracelets to show support and recognition of their efforts. Thank you to the Doniphan County Sheriff’s Department and the Troy Police Department for their daily acts of courage and contribution to the tribe’s community and its surrounding areas.

Elwood Fire, PD, and EMS

Pictured: Jerad Enneking (Rainbow), Justin Chilcoat, Caleb Spire, Drew Garret, Geff Stout, Emily Stout, TJ Kiezer, Alvin Wood, Wendy Smith, Wayne Hall, Travis Holcomb, Holly Cooper, Dennis Smith, Darrel Lamme, Trevor Holcomb, Gene Daniels, John Hall, Decker Hall, Larry Hunsacker, and Mike Bottorff.
The Elwood Police Department is made up of 3 full time and 2 part time officers. The officers meet as needed for training. The Department also keeps compliant with yearly training that the state requires as well as training with the agencies throughout the county. The Elwood Police Department responds anywhere from 2,000-2,500 calls yearly – not all turning into cases. 911 calls go through Dispatch Centers of Doniphan County. Elwood Police Department’s territory is within the city limits of Elwood, but will assist others within Doniphan County if needed.
The Elwood EMS and Fire Department is an all-volunteer organization that needs every month. If additional training is needed, the volunteers will meet a second time during the month. The volunteers will cover regular training such as safety, fire training, ladders, hoses, and ventilation. The EMS volunteers will keep compliant with the Kansas Board of EMS – which requires a certain number of hours of training yearly. The EMS and Fire Department goes out on around 50-160 calls a year with the 911 calls coming from the Doniphan County Dispatch. The Elwood EMS and Fire Department has relations with St. Joseph, Wathena and Rosecrans fire departments and will assist if needed. The volunteers will also assist the Elwood Police Department if needed with traffic control.
Rainbow Communications visited the Elwood Police Department and the volunteers that make up Elwood EMS and Fire Department Wednesday, October 4h, and delivered pizza & pop for them to enjoy. While there, Rainbow presented the organization with thin blue, white, and red line bracelets to show support and recognition of their efforts. Thank you to the Elwood Police Department and the volunteers of the EMS and Fire Department for their daily acts of courage and contribution to the community and its surrounding areas.
Please join Rainbow in honoring and recognizing our local heroes!

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