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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 17, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY February 2001 14 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 84 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Photo submitted Engineer Roger Brinkkoeter receives the Firefighter of the Year award from Alvin VFW Post Firefighter dedicates life to service BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A couple of Sundays ago there was a ter rible wreck on southbound Interstate 35 at the Guadalupe River A semitruck slammed into the back of a compact jamming it into another vehi cle that rolled Among the first to the scene was an off duty New Braunfels firefighter who had been driving northbound on the Seeing the damage to the compact the firefighter didnt want his wife to see what he expected Oh my those people must be bleeding to he Dorothy Brinkkoeter didnt see her hus band Roger again for an He got to the and three truck drivers were rocking the vehicle trying to free three injured little children from the smashed backseat arid risking hurting 1 put my arm on his and I I love you for what youre trying to but you have to Brinkkoeter The truckers were trying to get the chil dren out because the car was drenched in and the men were standing in a pool of Brinkkoeter asked Leon who works for Coastal to go get his fire While the fireman the trucker stood in the gas until help arrived wait ing with the extinguisher in case it was New Braunfels police say what Leatherwood did was People who know Brinkkoeter say that and much more about Monday he received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Firefighter of the year But it wasnt for any one heroic although the shy and polite man has a decadeslong career peppered with It was for a lifetime of A terrible tragedy about 40 years ago started what is now a firefighting and pub See Britain bomb Iraq BY ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer WASHINGTON AP Exe cuting President Bushs first mil itary attack American warplanes joined British fighters in bombing sites around Bagh dad on hitting air defense radars and other tar gets that officials said posed a growing threat to allied air The strike was the first out side the no fly zone over south ern Iraq in more than two although Bush said it did not signal a change in his adminis trations A routine mission was con ducted to enforce the fly Bush said at a news conference in Mexico with President Vicente It was a mission about which I was informed and I But I its a routine At the a gen eral called the strike a self defense measure initiated by the commander of forces hi the Persian The number of and British attack planes involved 24 was much larger than in previous missions over north ern and southern Iraq in recent Air strikes over Iraq and British warplanes struck Iraq air defenses south of 0 100km In safe pursuit Driving simulator proviies almostrealworld teaming BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Sheriffs Deputy Danny Valenzuela was dispatched to a disturbance on his first day in the cab of a patrol car As he Dispatcher and Training Officer Mark Reynolds kept him up on the developing situation on the twoway Reynolds alerting whose radio number is Go the man has a dispatch Backup en The new a county corrections sped up and rounded a couple of corners Code police lingo for driving with lights flashing and sirens He passed a few Shots Valenzuela washt interested in waiting for He stomped on the accelera His speed in a 30mph zone approached Suspect is dragging her into a blue Valenzuela rounds a lefthand and was pulled by centrifugal force toward his passenger His tires the engine in his Crown Victoria roared in his Twothirds of the way up the he saw the blue and he sped focused on the vehi cle and what he must do But Valenzuela couldnt help the woman because he couldnt get One of the parked cars pulled away from the curb and slammed into rocking him from side to That was the bad news for an embar rassed young deputy anxious to begin a new career as a patrol officer who knew hed just erred The good news was he was set up by Reynolds to fail in a tactical driving simulator provided to the sheriffs office by the Texas Association of Paul Hoff is a retired Department of Public Safety trooper who goes way See JESSIE Training Officer Mark Reynolds gives Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Danny Valenzuela last minute instructions before starting the new deputys simulated Westside Entrepreneurial Program seeking startup funding BY Jo LEE FERGUSON News Editor When Treefrog Ed Owner Karen McDonell talks about her she tells a story that she and store manager Donna Lemley seem to live Its the story of a young boy who is walking on a beach covered by stranded As he he Billy Townsen stands with Comal County 4H Council Presjdent Jackie Townsend and her Reserve Grand Champion lamb at the Antonio Stock Show JESSIE HeraldZeitung periodically throws one of the crea tures back into the An old man sees the boy and remarks on how helpless is his work Youre never going to get them all back out the old man But the young picks up another tells the but I saved this To donate For or to con contact Karen McDonell at Carlos Campos at 6298161 or Allen Seolhammer at and tosses it into the McDonell and Lemley have embraced that philosophy and a new challenge the Westside Entrepreneurial In addition to the busy schedule they keep at Treefrog an edu cational toy store and learning cen they will head up the entre preneurial The planned to kick off in the coming targets youth ages 12 to 18 in New Braun fels largely Hispanic according to documents from McDonell and Lemley will between 12 and 24 students at a nominated from a variety of areas in the and help them establish a real The students will manufacture and sell a See Local students fare well at livestock show JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writer Smithson Valley High School Junior Jackie Townsend said a large part of the she received for her Reserve Grand Champion Lamb on Friday will go toward buying more lambs for next The she will go toward Billy Jackies tells the story of what will happen with the money won at the San Anjxnio Livestock Show and Rodeo a little A little of the money will go for more he but most will go toward Local students were doing well at the 52nd annual San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodep Friday Bryson wh9 attends Comal Intermediate won Champion Brahinan with his Bryson purchased this years steer with the money he won in Houston this past year with his Breed Champion Clint was in the ribbon drive Friday with his lightweight Crossbred Barrow which made it through Thurs days sift of almost hogs and into Fridays final Only the top animals from each final round go to the terminal shows sale Herods hog was not among those chosen fpr As the hog left the show it was headed straight for the little pig gy on its way to Final results from the show should be available INSIDE Classifieds 36B Crossword Forum 6A Obituaries Key Code 7j3
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