Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

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January 4, 2013

Letters to the Editor Jan. 5, 2013

To the Editor:

I supervise student teachers, which means I visit schools around central and northern Indiana. Since 2011, I have visited 225 schools.

Most of them require that I go in and sign in at the office, which means I am already in the building so there is no security.

A few have me buzz in and identify who I am and why I am there, which does provide security.

All schools need to make me buzz in and tell who I am and why I am there.

Ray Saxman

Plainfield

To the Editor:

The Hendricks County Flyer recently published a front page article, "Mother thanks strangers for saving her son's life." In that Dec. 19 article, reporter Brenda Holmes described a recent and remarkable rescue event conducted jointly by three Hendricks County fire departments.

Understandably and appropriately, the article was largely from the mother's perspective as she expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the firefighters who saved the life of her young son when they successfully extricated him from a silage wagon in which he'd been trapped and severely injured. There's a bit of a back story, the story behind the story as it were, which I thought your readers might find interesting.

At 3:57 p.m. Dec. 1, the Hendricks County Dispatch Center in Plainfield received a 9-1-1 emergency call reporting that a young man, Matthew Mongan Sercer, was trapped inside a silage wagon. Dispatcher Jennifer Gilbert took the call and promptly triggered a process that over the next hour would result in 18 first responders from three fire departments and two police departments converging on the rural scene and saving Sercer's life.

We've all seen these silage wagons in fields all over Indiana. A typical one is approximately 16 feet long and 10 feet wide, with high sides to contain the silage. At the front and bottom of this particular silage wagon was a large screw-like auger that rotates and discharges the silage out the side, above which were two or three rotating beater bars that help move the silage down to the auger. While cleaning the interior of the wagon, Sercer had somehow become trapped in the auger and one of the beater bars.

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