The Quitman City Council met Monday night with a packed room watching. They approved minutes, reports and the revised budget before passing a resolution for LOPFI which will allow coverage for the fire department in the retirement program.
Adam Wisener said he would have an ambulance report at next month’s meeting.
They voted to table the water rates discussion until the next meeting because the Mayor needed to confirm some information she had received recently.
Mayor Cyndi Kerr then welcomed everyone for attending to honor Chase Mehalic with the Distinguished Citizen Award.
On February 2, Michelle Langrell was watching her grandson, Kreed Ritter. They had been taking a nap when she heard a sound that in her words, “I will never forget.” She looked over to see Kreed having a seizure, with his eyes rolling back in his head. She picked him up and ran out of the house put him in the car drove across the street to the Quitman Dollar store. She sees Chase and April Mehalic and hands Kreed over to Chase who begins performing CPR on the child. They wait for Bobby Phelps of the Quitman Police to arrive. By this time Chase had Kreed breathing but he was still limp. Phelps gave Kreed oxygen and loaded him in the back of his police car. Chase was holding the baby, giving him oxygen. They met an ambulance at Gateway, who load up Kreed and took him to Heber Springs Baptist Health and then on to Children’s hospital. Luckily, Kreed made a full recovery from what was diagnosed as a Febrile seizure. Langrell said, “ It was meant for Chase & April Mehalic to be there, it was meant for Bobby Phelps to be near and help the way he did, the EMTs were great and for Fawn Terrell to pray with me in parking lot and Heather Hill to try to calm me down!! I am just proud to live in Quitman to have such a great family wonderful friends also to be Kreed’s tootsie & most of all to know Jesus Christ as my Saver.” Kreed’s parents are David Cole and Haleigh Valentine Ritter. Chase said he had taken CPR about 10 years ago and they all are grateful that he did.
The Sun Times asked Chase to tell in his own words what happened that day. This is his response:
“My wife and I had pulled in at the Dollar Store in Quitman and were sitting in her car. Shortly after that a car came flying into the parking lot and a lady got out of the car in panic holding a lifeless child. It was a sight I will never forget. She was asking for help. I went up to her and took the child and started giving him CPR. There was another lady there checking his pulse, After a little while she said "he has a heartbeat" the child started to breathe very little after that, but it wasn't normal. Bobby Phelps the city cop arrived and got oxygen out of his med supplies. A county cop showed up, also. Shortly after that we all decided we needed to get in the patrol car and head towards the hospital. Since the ambulance had not yet arrived. Now at this point, I'm in the car with the child and his grandma, doing everything I can to make sure he is still breathing and keeping a steady heartbeat. The child eventually started crying, which had is grandma worried. I assured her that it was a good thing, if he was crying he was taking deep breaths. At that point it was almost a relief to me, I thought he might be ok. We then met the ambulance and they took over from there. The remainder of the evening I was a nervous wreck wondering if he was going to be ok, did I do enough? Once I received word that he was ok I was very happy. I had taken a CPR class years ago that was work related. At the time, I guess it just came back to me. It was as if God had completely taken over the situation and used me to save this young child's life. I'm glad I could be there to help.” Chase Mehalic
Mayor Cyndi Kerr presented Mehalic with his certificate and thanked him for saving Kreed’s life.