Tag Archives: Creston Fire Department

Girl on Fire: Benefit to be held for local firefighters

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 3, 2015]

Every day is a trying time at Creston Fire Department, but recently, it’s been more challenging than usual.

Two of my fellow firefighters are battling severe illness and injury, and we as a department have been doing all we can to help them and their families through it all.

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Girl on Fire: It’s what we do

CFD Bench 1[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 17, 2015]

The staccato of Darwin West’s voice reverberated throughout the room as he pointed to members of the crowd holding up little white cards. The tension rose, a steady thing you could practically feel in your chest.

Then, it was over. But the tension remained. This tension wasn’t because of a mounting fight among auction-goers. It wasn’t about silly words out of a person’s mouth. This tension was like magic because it increased every time the Creston Fire and Rescue bench went up for bid in the course of one night.

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Girl on Fire: Back in the classroom

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 17, 2015]

I walked into the hospital, unsure where the conference room was. There were two men leaning against the wall, and one asked if I was with the class. I said yes, and he led me down a long hallway and pointed at a door with frosted glass. I thanked him and walked inside.

Inside the room, sitting around tables set up conference style, was a small group of people mostly around my age with giant yellow books in front of them. I took a seat and waited.

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Girl on Fire: Happy anniversary

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 20, 2015]

Today is Aug. 20. Historical events for today include:

• the American Civil War ended in 1866,

• NASA launched Voyager 2 into space in 1977,

• in 1988, a ceasefire was agreed upon after almost eight years of fighting in the Iran-Iraq War,

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Girl on Fire: Happy anniversary

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 20, 2015]

Today is Aug. 20. Historical events for today include:

• the American Civil War ended in 1866,

• NASA launched Voyager 2 into space in 1977,

• in 1988, a ceasefire was agreed upon after almost eight years of fighting in the Iran-Iraq War,

• in 1992, American singer Demi Lovato was born,

• Hollywood starlet Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries married in 2011,

• it’s World Mosquito Day,

• and it’s my parents’ 32nd anniversary.

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Girl on Fire: Young is a subtle inspiration

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, June 4, 2015]

Part of the job of a news reporter is to be unbiased: we tell the whole story, both sides, without including any personal thoughts into our stories because it’s up to our readers to form their own opinions.

However, sometimes you find that one thing that deserves being discussed in more than just a news story.

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Girl on Fire: Comics, firefighting blurring gender lines

Creston Fire 6[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, April 16, 2015]

A few months ago, I sat on the couch of my friend Nicole Shope watching something on Netflix.

We were talking, and she mentioned she had started buying a comic book series focusing on the life of Kara Zor-El, or Supergirl. I flipped through the pages of one of the comic books, admiring the drawing of the characters, and decided I wanted to start my own comic book series.

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Girl on Fire: Just a few updates

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, March 19, 2015]

Recently, the other reporters and I have been working on Progress, a special section in the Creston News Advertiser that will last five days next week.

I have to say, everyone in the newsroom and other news departments have been working so hard for this section to succeed. This is my third Progress here in Creston, and I am glad for it because, despite the long hours in front of a computer screen and tedious transcription, I have met so many interesting people in our five-county coverage area.

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Girl on Fire: Rememberlutions instead of resolutions

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 31, 2014]

[Note: This column was meant for January 1, 2015, but since New Year’s Day fell on a Thursday, my usual publish date, it ran a day early.]

Tomorrow it will be a new year, so I spent several days thinking of things to add to my New Year’s resolutions list.

Then, I found an article written about an interesting variation to resolutions. The writer said to create a rememberlutions jar in place of a resolutions list.

A rememberlutions jar is just that, a jar, where you house slips of paper on which are written things you accomplished throughout the year.

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Girl on Fire: My education baby step is taken

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 6, 2014]

Ice crystals flickered in the moonlight against the black paint of my car as I left my house and threw open the car door. I tugged my turquoise hat down over my ears, started the car and pulled out of my driveway, trying not to speed on my way into Creston. The blare of my phone still rang in my ears: a 6 a.m. structure fire.

I managed to catch Engine 2 before it pulled out onto North Sumner Avenue. We raced to the scene on East Townline Street before jumping out of the apparatus, grabbing tools and running around to the back of the house with the rest of the guys on-scene.

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