New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Sports Editor Douglas Pils says goodbye, SeeINSIDE
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes to Ashley Boding, Antonio Alvarez,
Emily Loyola, Marsha Kiesling, Gregory Hill, Victor Caballero, Elizabeth Martinez, Hope Silva, and a Happy Thirtieth Anniversary to Raymond and Sofia Camareno.
Council moating Monday
Monday night's city council meeting will be at the New Braunfels Civic Center at 7:30 p.m.Traffic Light Upgrades
The Qty of New Braunfels will be upgrading the trafic controllers under the Traffic Light Synchronization Program on the following intersections from Monday, June 14, at 8 am through Friday, June 18 at 5 p.m. San Antonio and Casten; Coll and Castell; Union and San Antonio; Union and Common.The traffic lights will be taken out of service during that time frame, so all intersections will be controlled with all-way stop signs. Please excercise caution when travelling through these intersections.Elks Lodge flag celebration
The New Braunfels Elks Lodge No. 2279 will observe the birthday of the flag of our country at 2 p.m. this afternoon at the lodge located at 3S3 S. Seguin. Sons of the American Revolution will participate.Summer Youth Employment
AACOG summer youth employment and training program is accepting applications for 4 to 6 weeks of temporary work. Several slots are available for 16-21 year-olds, and applications for 14 and 15-year-olds are being accepted for the applicant pool. To apply, stop by the AACOG office at 358 Landa St., Monday through Friday, or at the Canyon Lake Action Center on Tuesdays horn I p.m. to 4 p.m. Call 10800-707-2949 or 629-29489 for more information.Fountain Walk-A-Thon
A walk to save the fountain is planned for Sunday June 27 at 8:30 a.m. The six-mile walk through the parks and historic neighborhoods will begin at the Hummel Museum, and all proceeds from participants’ sponsors will go toward restoring the 100-year-old fountain. Families, teams and challenges are welcome and add to the fun. Pledge sheets and entry forms are available at Johnson Furniture, 283 S. Seguin, or Volbiecht’s, 339 Main Plaza. Call 625-5321
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Vol. 141, No. 147
Canyon Lake EMS capabilities questioned
Doubts raised by victim’s relative, visiting doctor over unit’s Advanced Life Support capabilities
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff writer
Questions have been raised recently about the need for better emergency services in the Canyon Lake area after an accident last weekend resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy.
Ethel Gathers, the boy’s aunt, speaking for his family expressed their concern about the adequacy of emergency services.
“It took the EMS about 20 minutes to get there,” she said. “They didn’t have the IVs, they didn’t have the medications — the first oxygen tank ran out and the second didn’t have the proper connections. There was a suctioning device, but the technician didn’t know how to use it”
On Thursday at 9 a.m. Leonard Lyons was pronounced legally dead. He had been air lifted to North Central Baptist June 5 after he was pulled from Canyon Lake when he got into trouble himself saving a younger cousin who nearly drown.
“We were out there for a family reunion,” said Gathers. “At approximately 6 p.m. some of us left, but the teenagers stayed. They were good
swimmers and weren’t in deep water, but something happened to pull them under. Leonard went out to get his second cousin — he did save her. Then he begin to sink and call for help.”
According to Canyon Lake Fire Chief Leslie Wyatt, Canyon Lake EMS does have the resources to provide basic life support, but he was uncertain as to the advanced life support status and medical intensive care Uuit status which should allow them to provide intravenous treatment and to dispense drugs.
He said also that as far as he knew the medical director position required for that level of service was “up in the air”
Dr. John Flanagan has held that position, but he could not be reached Saturday afternoon.
lint Herald-Zeitung also was unable to reach Kristi Rutherford, the president of Canyon Lake EMS, for a comment. The Comal County Sheriffs Dispatch
Office was unable to reach anyone from the Canyon Lake EMS when their assistance was requested Saturday, saying that the non-emergency numbers for them had been disconnected.
Brian Sherwood, who is a member of the Canyon Lake board of directors, responded to inquiries and said he thought the Canyon Lake EMS could provide ALS service because Rutherford is a paramedic.
However, he said he was still unsure. In an attempt to verify the capabilities of Canyon Lake EMS, the Herald-Zeitung did spoke to Steve Hannamen at his home in Hondo.
Hannamen is with the Texas Department of Health in Uvalde which does have some jurisdiction over the Canyon Lake EMS, but Hannamen said he would have to reserve comment until he was able to speak to his superiors on Monday.
Gathers said although another family member did reach Lyons, he was
unable to hold onto him as Lyons panicked and struggled. According to Gathers, there were two vacationing doctors and some Fort Sam Houston personnel who administered car-diopulminary resuscitation after Lyons had been found in the water by an unknown woman at the scene.
Althoug he was resuscitated, Lyons had spent a considerable amount of time under water before being rescued Dr. Wanda Angueira of Uvalde was vacationing at the lake and administered medical aide on the scene.
She admitted being frustrated by the lack of equipment and medication she required.
“I did complain, but now I understand that the requirements for the level of service I expected are not available at Canyon Lake,” said Dr. Angueira. “It was very sad that there are economic restrictions and I think that needs to be addressed. I was really concerned because it could happen to
me. This may be a wake-up call — somebody needs to take responsibility.” Dr. Angueira said she learned through conversations at the scene, with the AirLife personnel and EMS personnel that similar problems have occurred before.
“It may be nobody’s fault,” said Angueira. “But I’ve been going there for years and suddenly I realized if something happens to my family, they can’t help.”
Lyons was under water for a long period of time and no one knows whether additional medical help would have made any difference in the eventual! outcome of this accident according to Dr. Angueira.
“He was in the water at least 14 minutes— when he came out he was practically dead, no pulse, lungs full of water,” said Dr. Angueira. “Sometimes you can revive, but it’s like a lottery. What if? Only God knows the answer.” Lyons’ family has sent a letter to the commander at FL Sam Houston, according to Gathers.
Gathers said the letter expressed their concern about safety issues at Canyon Lake.
Walk For Jesus draws big numbers downtown
Approximately 1,200 Now Braunfels and Comal County citizens flocked to the downtown area of New Braunfels Saturday to participate In the International “Walk For Jesus” event. The large gathering was Joined world-wide By more than one-mllllon participants. Marchers carried colorful Banners and signs which promoted Jesus and Christianity.
Hareid-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Kahler credits local doctor for his personal inspiration
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writ ar
Dr. Charles Berger, who grew up in New Braunfels and has had a family medical practice here since 1961, was the unknowing inspiration for Kendrick Kahler’s medical career.
Kahler lived next door to Dr. Berger. He credits Dr. Berger as his inspiration in an article from the Galveston Daily News about his remarkable accomplishments after being confined to a wheelchair as the result of a jeep accident The accident occurred while Kahler was participating in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Sinai, Egypt in 1987. He was paralyzed from the waist down in the accident, but that did not stop him from continuing to excel in everything he does — including his medical education.
“I think Kendrick is capable of anything,” said Dr. Berger. “In everything he’s ever done he’s excelled and I expect him to do so as a physician. I remember him as an outstanding student and athlete. He’s what anyone would like to have for a son.”
Kahler credited Dr. Berger as his inspiration, but Dr. Berger was modest about his influence.
“I don’t know that we ever had a conversation about it,” said Dr. Berger. “I know we talked a little bit when he went to AAM — he wanted to know how he would handle the academics in a wheelchair."
Kahler graduated from medical school last month and is now a resident in Corpus Christi. He was a lop student and won the school’s Gold-Headed Cane Award along with a fellow student The award is given to outstanding students chosen by their peers as examples of “excellence in medicine, integrity and compassion.”
The Galveston Daily News article quoted Kahler as saying he had always wanted to be a doctor. He also expressed his admiration for his neighbor, Dr. Berger, because he always seemed to be available lo his patients.
“He really enjoyed helping people,” Kahler said. “He was held in high regard in town, but he wasn't a high profile person.”
“We had kids about the same age,” he said “And there was kind of a bond between the families.”Today’s Texas Lottery numbers are 03 - 10-28-34-40 - 43