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STATE OF THE CITY: Mayor Hanwell touts Medina's safety forces

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    Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell presented his State of the City Address to the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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    Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell presented his State of the City Address to the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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    About 170 people attended Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell's State of the City Address Tuesday at the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell presented his State of the City Address to the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

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MEDINA — Mayor Dennis Hanwell credits collaboration for making Medina a “special place.”

He cited the efforts of the city’s safety forces as an example of teamwork during his annual State of the City address Tuesday before the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce at Williams on the Lake.

Police officers normally are the first ones on the scene of an emergency, generally in one to two minutes, Hanwell said.

He said that one- to two-minute response time makes a big difference if a person’s heart stops beating.

Hanwell lauded mutual aid and training among police, fire and the Life Support Team. Because of that training, police can assist with bleeding, and heart and breathing issues until LST arrives.

Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital also has outfitted police cruisers with automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

Hanwell recalled instances where police and EMS responded to a call, the patient was transported via ambulance to a waiting helicopter at Medina Hospital and then on to catheter lab surgical intervention within 60 minutes.

“That’s impressive,” said Hanwell, who’s also the city’s safety director.

LST goes on all fire calls to assist with any medical needs, and police can help unwind fire hoses while firefighters prepare to fight a blaze.

“It’s a very unique collaboration,” Hanwell said.

The mayor said he’s proud of the way his staff responds to emergencies.

When there was a partial building collapse last February at Gardener’s Cottage, 226 S. Court St., police and fire responded quickly.

In July, there was a gas leak in the same vicinity.

Hanwell said he took some heat on social media “because I didn’t have officers directing traffic soon enough. (The officers) were busy evacuating people from the blast zone. I told those folks then, and (am) still of the opinion now, getting those people to safety was more important than you sitting at a traffic light.”

Another example of why he thinks Medina is a special place to live concerned a Birch Hill Drive resident with multiple sclerosis who kept falling down and calling LST for assistance.

Members of LST, the fire and building departments helped get a ramp built for the woman and are working to obtain a chair lift for the second floor with materials donated by Home Depot.

LST also encouraged the resident to receive physical therapy and hasn’t received any calls for help since.

Hanwell also addressed trash pickups.

He said he’s been asked why the city doesn’t privatize its sanitation department.

He said that won’t happen while he’s mayor.

“Then we’d lose the customer care,” Hanwell said. “We have a number of residents who can’t get their trash cans out to the curb. They take care of those folks. If we contracted (with a private company), I guarantee those services would go away.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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