Buzz: Retiring Chief Bill Shiflett thanks partners in the Rome Braves Celebrity Shootout Golf Tournament who’ve raised $135,000. ‘Stand Sunday,’ designed to help the foster care crisis, is this Sunday. ‘Stop the Bleed’ program spreading to local schools.

Buzz: Retiring Chief Bill Shiflett thanks partners in the Rome Braves Celebrity Shootout Golf Tournament who’ve raised $135,000. ‘Stand Sunday,’ designed to help the foster care crisis, is this Sunday. ‘Stop the Bleed’ program spreading to local schools.

This is an example of a Stop the Bleed kit, part of a growing campaign for quick care of injuries that is spreading to local schools. Floyd photo. Details below.

 

Chief Bill Shiflett, center, with Mike Dunn, right, former Rome Braves general manager, and Jim Bishop, the team’s new GM.

Shiflett says thanks for years of support for  Rome Braves Annual Celebrity Shootout Golf Tournament: In 2007, the Floyd County Police Department began a tradition of sponsoring golf tournaments on a yearly basis to assist individuals faced with financial hardships and specific organizations our department felt could have a positive impact on our community.

In 2009, Chief Bill Shiflett contacted Mike Dunn, General Manager of the Rome Braves, requesting their assistance to co-sponsor the golf tournaments of the future.  The partnership formed and turned out to be a very productive team effort with outstanding results while making a lot of good friends along the way.

The tournaments have assisted the Rome Boys and Girls Club, Summit Quest, Wounded Warriors and Animal Rescue Foundation.

The Floyd County Police Department, Rome Braves, local golfers and local businesses have raised over $135,000 these last few years to assist each organization.

Because of my retirement in December, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved that helped make all of the tournaments a great success.  My special thanks goes to Capt. Gary Conway and Officer James Hinkley for working tirelessly to make sure each tournament ran as smoothly as possible.

I also want to thank Heritage First Bank, Loyd’s Wrecker Service, Larry Payne and Bohannon Glass Co. for participating and giving graciously each year.

–Thanks, Bill Shiflett

Stand Sunday is this weekend; related events to follow: From Restoration Rome — “Over 325 Floyd County children currently are in state care. Seven out of 10 had to find care outside of our community because we lack the foster families to care for them locally. Will you stand with us, and help them all find the loving local foster homes they deserve? Get your church involved!” Some area churches will discuss helping with Floyd County’s foster care crisis in a variety of ways, from opening your home to bringing meals to others who do. For details, contact Restoration Rome. The organization also will host a question-and-answer session on Tuesday to be followed by an open house on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 6-8 p.m. “Join us for the open house and informational sessions following Stand Sunday to see where you can engage in Floyd County’s foster care crisis.”

Floyd EMS recently trained nurses in Polk County schools how to save lives using guidelines from the Stop the Bleed program. Nurses in Floyd County and Rome City schools were trained during a conference last summer. Uncontrolled bleeding because of traumatic injury is the most common cause of death outside of a hospital, according to The Hartford Consensus, which is a group of representatives from medicine, the military and law enforcement. The Stop the Bleed program provides training on how to apply tourniquets and pressure to wounds to stop blood loss. Responders are trained using a trauma kit that includes a tourniquet, gloves, gauze, bandages and other supplies that stop life-threatening bleeding on an injured person. Floyd Corporate Health provides nurses for the Rome, Floyd County and Polk County school systems. In addition to schools, Floyd EMS will train members of any organization, church or business that would like to receive training. Anyone interested should contact Cobb at 706.509.3820.

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