Day: December 22, 2017

ACPD Officer Matt Mayo honored for saving life of Arkansas City resident

Arkansas City Police Department Officer Matt Mayo has been recognized for his service to Arkansas City more than once this year. In addition to being recognized as Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1254’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, he was named ACPD’s September Employee of the Month. Mayo was recognized for a call during which he helped to save the life of an Arkansas City resident. On Dec. 19, he was given a special award during a City Commission meeting for his life-saving efforts. ACPD Capt. Mark McCaslin pinned a special “Life Saving Award” bar onto Mayo’s uniform to commemorate this achievement. Code blue compressions On Sept. 25, Mayo and McCaslin were called to the home of Arkansas City resident Kenneth Roberts. The initial call was “code blue,” which signifies the individual in need of help is in cardiac arrest and not breathing. “It was apparent that he was not breathing normally and (was) not doing well at the time,” McCaslin said. Both officers attempted to find a pulse and stimulate Roberts with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), with no success. “Matt began compressions and continued compressions until EMS arrived,” McCaslin said. “After EMS arrived, Officer Mayo stayed at (Roberts’) side and continued life-saving efforts with EMS.” Due to the efforts of the first responders, Roberts’ condition improved from code blue to code red, or critical. EMS indicated that Mayo’s...

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City identifies Tapia as Public Works Department employee killed Dec. 21

The City of Arkansas City has released the name of the Public Works Department employee who died as a result of a workplace accident Dec. 21. Marc A. Tapia, 53, sustained critical injuries about 1:40 p.m. at the Public Works central shop, located at 1407 W. Madison Ave. He died about 5:40 p.m. at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. “I am saddened by this tragic loss,” Mayor Dan Jurkovich said Dec. 22. “I am told Marc was always smiling and gave more than he received. He will be greatly missed. My prayer is that God will provide the comfort his family needs.” Tapia was employed by the city as a public services maintenance worker for nearly 2 1/2 years. He was performing maintenance as the operator of a street sweeper vehicle when the accident occurred. Prior to his transfer to the Public Services Division in August 2015, Tapia worked as a wastewater treatment plant operator in the Environmental Services Division. He was hired Sept. 29, 2014. “Marc was a wonderful asset to the city — a hard-working, cheerful, dedicated employee who always had a smile on his face,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. “More important, he was simply a wonderful person. The grief and loss suffered Thursday were not just by his immediate family, but also his extended work family here at the City of Arkansas City.” A little...

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