The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 24, 2013

Kudos to 2 men who helped put out semi fire

Enid News & Eagle

Thumbs up for two Pond Creek men for their quick-thinking heroism.

Joey Hayes and Ryan Henry saw a semi hauling liquid nitrogen on fire, managed to get it stopped and alerted the driver to the danger.

Hayes, who was driving to Kansas, said he and his friend, Henry, saw the fire in the back two axles of the trailer. This happened Aug. 20 on Red Hill Road in Grant County.

Hayes said Henry saw the fire first and drove his pickup around the front of the semi and stopped, forcing the burning truck to halt, as well. Hayes helped with an extinguisher.

Another semi was brought in to offload the one that caught fire before it could be moved from the roadway.

Thumbs down to letters sent to Enid residents from a company in Delaware offering copies of property deeds for $83.

The letters from Record Transfer Services have “Deed Processing Notice” printed on the front, with a form to detach and return with a check for $83.

Garfield County Assessor Wade Patterson said the letters come from a company hoping people will fall prey and open themselves up for exploitation.

Patterson said his office can provide records pertaining to a property for free to the owner of the property. A deed also is available for $1 at the county assessor’s office.

Thumbs up to a fundraising effort undertaken over the summer by Masonic lodges.

Prevent Blindness Oklahoma’s EZ as 1 2 3 program targets preschool, Head Start and day care programs.

State-of-the-art computerized photoscreening cameras called SPOT, made by Pediavision, are used to perform vision exams where no verbal response is necessary.

Since the Pediavision cameras cost $10,000 each, two Enid Masonic Lodges, Nos. 80 and 501, recently took on the task of raising enough money to provide a second SPOT camera for the Enid area.

The Masons held a golf tournament at Meadowlake Golf Course on June 2. Lodges in Hennessey and Pond Creek donated toward the cause.

Last, but not least, thumbs up to Karie Chard, Enid High School’s cheerleading coach.

She recently was named Cheerleading Coach of the Year by the Oklahoma Coaches Association.

Chard, whose husband Steve is EHS football coach, has been coaching cheerleading for 24 years — since she was a college student.

Karie Chard also is state director for Universal Cheerleaders Association, a cheerleading camp and competition company.

Way to go!