The Sleepy Eye Fire Department will be celebrating Fire Prevention Week with an open house at the fire station on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 6-8 p.m. The evening will include fire station tours, displays, demonstrations, door prizes and a meal.
The annual Operation EDITH (Exit Drill In The Home) will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday as well. Residents are invited to participate by practicing fire drills in their homes and also deciding on a meeting place outside the home. They can also show their support by turning on outside lights. Trucks will be driven around town with lights and sirens activated.
This year’s theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:
- Draw a map of your home by grid (available on NFPA site http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
Brown Co. Sheriff Press Release
On 09-07-2017, at 0315 hours, Brown County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house fire at 31474 185th Street Sleepy Eye, MN 56085. The house was determined to be abandoned. Sleepy Eye Fire Department, Comfrey Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, and State Fire Marshal assisted at the scene. The cause of fire is suspected to be a result of arson and remains under investigation.
If you have any information relating to this case, call the ARSON hotline at 1-800-723-2020 or the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at 1-507-233-6700.
Names of involved parties:
Sandra Adame (Age 13) of New Ulm
Elias Alvarez (Age 11) of New Ulm
Hunter Hutchens (Age 14) of New Ulm
Colton Krienke (Age 14) of New Ulm
Ruben Olivarez Jr (Age14) of New Ulm
Bryan Singlaterry (Age 14) of New Ulm
Alvarez, Olivarez, and Singlaterry were airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center for serious injuries.
Adame, Hutchens, and Krienke were treated for various injuries at Sleepy Eye Medical Center and released.
The vehicle involved was a 1999 Ford F-150 pick-up. This truck was reported as stolen from the City of New Ulm on 08/27/2017.
The crash and vehicle theft are still under investigation.
On 09/02/2017 at approximately 0049 hours, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Sleepy Eye Police Department, Sleepy Eye Fire Department, and Minnesota State Patrol responded to a single vehicle roll-over crash on Brown County Road 27 near the intersection Brown County Road 10 intersection.
Six juvenile occupants were involved. Multiple occupants were ejected. All involved parties were transported to Sleepy Eye Medical Center. Three individuals were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. Three individuals were airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.
The crash remains under investigation.
Three people were hospitalized following a crash on Highway 14 in Brown County Wednesday.
The State Patrol says an SUV was westbound and stopped to make a turn onto 12th Avenue when it was rear-ended by a pickup.
The pickup driver was 33-year-old Caitlin Mercedes Sikel of Owatonna. The SUV driver was 67-year-old June Kathleen Streich of Sleepy Eye and her passenger was 78-year-old Kenneth George Streich of Sleepy Eye.
All were taken to the Sleepy Eye Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Assisting the State Patrol at the scene were the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Sleepy Eye Police and Sleepy Eye Ambulance.
A driver allegedly had two different drugs in his system and a third in his vehicle when he crashed in a New Ulm roundabout in May, injuring himself and a passenger.
Kyle James Geisler, 18, of Sleepy Eye, was charged Monday in Brown County District Court with felony criminal vehicular operation and misdemeanors for DWI and driving without insurance.
Geisler allegedly appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic and told police he was going 60 mph and couldn’t turn off his cruise control.
Geisler also allegedly admitted a pill bottle that contained suspected synthetic marijuana that was found in his vehicle belonged to him.