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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS HERALD WEDNESDAY June 11 2003 16 pages in 2 Sections ITUNG Vol 152 No 179 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents 15yearold dies in fourth drowning this year By RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 16yearold Texas City boy drowned Tuesday morning while trying to help a younger girl in swift current on the Guadalupe River Comal County Sheriffs Office Public Information Officer Corporal Tim Kolbe said Comal County Judge Danny Scheel pronounced Douglas M Calhoun dead just before noon Scheel did not order an autopsy Sheriffs Corporal Donna OCon nor said the drowning occurred at about near the Gilligans Island campground just below the third river crossing The victim was a 16yearold boy who was in shallow water with three younger girls around 11 to 12 years OConnor said One of the girls got into deeper water and had some difficulty with the current OConner said Calhoun reported to be a good swimmer went to help He pushed her toward shore and went under the water coming up once before he disappeared according to deputies Canyon Lake and sher iffs deputies were called from the Gilligans campground Fire Capt Danny Ray said his department responded with ah EMS unit and a rescue truck At the time the fire department arrived Ray said the best estimate was that Calhoun had been down for 10 minutes too long to save him There were family members and good Samaritans looking for Ray said He said family members were asked to come to the bank while he Chief Shawn Wherry para medics Dan Oakes and Tricia Pierce and EMT Josh Lopez prepared to go into the water They kicked up n lot of silt We were concerned about visibility but nlso their safety We asked them to come to the bank while we suited up in our dive Ray said Witnesses told firefighters whore the boy had last beon scon and they began a systematic search of the rivor finding him with a teth ered pole in about eight foot of water Our best estimate is he had been down for 57 Ray said AH members of the San Marcos Area Recovery Team arrived to help they learned Canyon Lake officials had found the boy 2003 Brownings Tuesdays drowning was the fourth this year on a river In Comal County April 6 Aaron Castillo 20 Of Seguln died In the Comal River just upstream of the tube chute Easter Sunday April 20 Christopher Ybarra 25 of San Antonio died In the Guadalupe River at Camp Huaco Springs May 14 Jose Luis Larrazobal 32 of Houeton drowned after his kayak overturned at Huaco Falls Law woman of the year DAVID New Braunfels Police Department Detective Tarinna Skrzycki talks about her years on the police force from dispatch er to detective The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club Tuesday morning presented Skrzycki with the Ed Murphy Memorial Award for outstanding service in law enforcement Detective Tarinna Skrzycki is first woman to receive honor BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Lawman of the Year for 2003 is a woman New Braunfels police detective Tarin na Skrzycki Tuesday morning was named recipient of this years Ed Mur phy Memorial Award The prize is one of three officer of the year awards given in Comal County two of them in New Braunfels In 2002 Sheriffs corporal Donna OConner and New Braunfels police Sgt Joe Vargas won the other two awards Sheriffs detective Sgt Tommy Ward won the Murphy award in 2002 taking it home to the sheriffs Criminal Inves tigation Division The award is named for Wards pre decessor Comal County Sheriffs detec tive Ed Murphy Murphy died in a Sept 21 1981 helicopter crash in Startzville Sheriffs deputies were chasing bur glary suspects and Murphy one of two investigators then with the sheriffs Criminal Investigations Division was trying to find them from the air The helicopters rotors caught a pow er line and Murphy died in the crash Tuesday Skrzycki brought the award to the countys other detective agency theNBPDsCID Murphys widow Lola said she was glad to see a woman detective win the award for the first time in its 20 year history Im really proud it was Murphy said A lot of times we recognize the ones who are visible but not always the ones behind the scenes Im really proud of Murphy said Attorney Bon Zipp who heads the Lions Lawman of the Year committee said Skrzycki was one of a number of See DAVID New Braunfels Police Department Detective Tarinna Skrzycki finds the perfect spot in her office to hang her Ed Murphy Memorial Award NBPD gets new improved bulletproof vests BY RON MALONEY N Staff Writer The throat of onthcjob injury will noon bo reduced for officers of the New Bruun feJs Police Department Police Chief Russell John son requested and city council approved the pur chase of 64 of the newest gen eration noft body armor veste commonly referred to aw bul letproof vests VoHtw were ordered Tues day from First Choice Armor the vendor that submitted the winning bid They will replace stiffer bulkier Kevlar body armor that is in Home cases 12 years old Each vest will cost about The city will purchase the vests with help from a grant from the Bureau of and Assis tance The bureau also helps the Comal JOHNSON County Sheriffs Office purchase protective gear for deputies The total price for the 64 vests is With the grant New Braunfels will have to pay half or The purchase was included in the citys fiscal year 2004 budget which goes to final reading tonight said the contract with First Choice is openend ed When NBPD needs addi tional vests for new officers it will be able to purchase them at the same price Retired Chief of Police Ray Douglas requested the vests in March 2002 and secured the federal grant in May said Because of the flood and different things that came up we didnt have a chance to look at this until January of this Johnson said Several manufacturers and vendors were invited to demonstrate their equip ment Johnson said the First Choice product was the most impressive It offers what he described as level 2 protec tion enough to stop a 44 Magnum or 357 bullet We also tested it with a tactical shotgun slug one ounce of lead at eight feet None of the rounds we fired at this vest Johnson said Police also found the new vest stabproof in terms of knife protection although Johnson said an ice pick thrust with all of his strength was able to penetrate the vests seven layers of bal listic fabric Johnson said the industry standard in body armor is that it be replaced when it absorbs a hit or is five years old Ho said the gear the NBPD now has is not unsafe Weve tested John son said The new gear really out shines its predecessor in com fort Johnson said It is thin ner more flexible and more adjustable than previous models Mayor Adam Jork who vot ed with council to approve the purchase said the new vests are an important investment A bulletproof vest is an essential piece of safety equipment for a police officer to have and Cork said This is just like any other business If theres a piece of safety equipment that ia proven to save someones life you need to make sure theyre wearing that equipment Our police officers need and See No charges filed yet in Stritmatter death BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer No charges have been filed in the Saturday night death of a 17yearold Schertz girl Comal County Sheriffs detective Sgt Tom my Ward said Tuesday that Samantha Strit matter died Saturday night in an accident at the Guadalupe Canoe Livery campground on 281 at the river The detective said only that the victim wan walking on a dirt road in the campground when she was hit by a pickup truck He did not release the name of the driver of the pickup truck although Ward did say no charges had been filed in connection with the case Ward said the accident ia still under inves tigation INSIDE Classifieds Painter getting a lesson in business BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer It took Matt Schriewor just one day to discover that operating a business isnt as easy as his college studies make it out to be Schriewer 19 a sopho more at Texas Univer sity is learning to run his own home painting business as an intern with the nation al College Works project Schriewer and his crew started painting houses last week The first day of his first job he learned an invaluable lesson about hir ing and dealing with unex pected adversity Leaving his twoman crew at the site of the home to be painted Schriewer went to the store to buy paint When he relumed one crew member had walked off of the job The employee who left was the only crow member who had experi ence with a sprayer Schriewer had to stop what he wus doing und train his remaining employ ee to use the sprayer See DAVID Matt Schriewer and Ws employee Clancy Cronin finish painting a house in Summerwood on Monday