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Statement from Scott and Melissa Pettit, parents of Creston/Orient-Macksburg wrestler, Tayler Pettit

Posted Sun. 2/22/15, 4:30pm

    "Our son Tayler and his teammates from Creston Orient Macksburg (COM) were focused on bringing home a state team wrestling championship when they took the mat in Des Moines on Wednesday. Shortly after completing his second match Tayler complained of shortness of breath to trainer Chris Leonard, assigned to the team by Greater Regional Medical Center, and COM head coach Darrell Frain. Tayler collapsed, experienced seizures and went into cardiac arrest. Within seconds an Iowa High School Athletic Association team of medical professionals staffing the tournament joined Chris and Darrell and began helping Tayler as he began fighting for his life. Paramedics, trainers and physicians started CPR and tried to revive him. An AED was available in the arena and was used to shock his heart back into rhythm. We believe this rapid care and always having someone with Tayler saved our son’s life.

     The biggest question for us was how did this happen? As a three sport athlete Tayler had never experienced seizures or heart problems. The physicians at Mercy Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit started care and used a respirator to help him breathe while a cardiologist monitored his heart. By Wednesday night they were able to remove his breathing tube and we discussed testing.

     The tests were performed Thursday by Iowa Heart Center cardiologists and they found the cause. Tayler’s heart did not fibrillate from a blow to the chest during his wrestling match and it had nothing to do with maintaining or losing weight. The test found an extra electrical pathway in his heart that caused a rapid heart rate. The cardiologist called it Wolf-Parkinson-White Syndrome. We never knew Tayler had a heart issue and the cardiologist said he could have had it since he was born. We were told the syndrome is the most common cause of rapid heart rate disorders, especially for infants, children and adolescents.

     Friday, Tayler had a surgical procedure called an ablation to correct the extra electrical pathway and reduce the potential of future problems. He has continued to gain strength and our cardiologist said Tayler should have a complete recovery and be able to return to sports and play soccer this spring.

     We are overjoyed by the outcome but it would not have been possible without all of the support, prayers and caring from our wrestling community and people we don’t even know. You have all given us strength.

    We’d like to thank our trainer Chris and our coach Darrel; for not leaving Tayler alone for a second. We thank the Iowa High School Athletic Association for its medical planning and assembling a great medical team to deal with injuries, or in this case a life or death emergency. The physicians and staff with Mercy Children’s Hospital Emergency and Intensive Care Units provided great care. Our cardiologists with Iowa Heart Center at Mercy helped us understand Tayler’s heart problem and fixed it. 

    As parents, our experiences made it very clear how important it is to have an AED available and know how to use it. AEDs can save lives and we can't imagine not having them readily available at athletic, school and community events. We hope everyone will learn more about these devices so you can help someone should they experience a medical emergency."

Gary Bucklin will have more on KSIB, Monday morning.

One Arrest on Creston Automotive Embezzlement

44-year-old Lyndsay Huntsman of Creston was arrested at the Union County Law Center. She was charged with on-going criminal conduct, and five counts of Theft in the 1st degree.

Four Arrested in Connection with Double Homicide

A double homicide has resulted in four arrests in Clarke County. At around 9:30 Saturday night, Osceola Police received a report of two people who went missing on Friday evening. Officials located the bodies of those two missing people in a vehicle in rural Clarke County. Police said it appears both victims died of gunshot wounds.

38-year-old Richard Carson of Osceola, has been arrested and is facing two charges of first-degree murder. He is currently in the Clarke County jail.

47-year-old Lynn Sutton, 43-year-old Tracy Johnson, and 42-year-old Christopher Elben, all of Osceola have also been arrested, and are facing charges of accessory after the fact in connection with this case. The victims names are not being released at this time.

School Bond Election To Be Held February 3

The Nodaway Valley School District will be holding a school bond special election on February 3 for a proposed new elementary building.

Nodaway Valley Superintendent Casey Berlau explained the origin of the discussion, as well as the process they have gone through to get to the point of special election.

On February 3, polls will be open from noon to 8 PM at the regular school election precinct sites: Bridgewater Fire Station, Fontanelle Community Building, and Adair County Health and Fitness Center.

Berlau also mentioned that this Thursday, the 29th, there will be an open house at the current elementary building in Greenfield; it will be from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Tours will be given, as well as information about the proposal.

Possible Street Improvements Coming to Creston

Creston Public Works director Kevin Kruse gave a report to the city council at their meeting Tuesday regarding street improvements. He says there are no particular streets taking precedence over others, nor would everything happen at once.

Some of those areas included: E. Howard St. from the railroad tracks to Osage, S. Chestnut from the underpass to Taylor St., asphalt overlay from Cherry St. west to Sumner. There were nearly 15 areas listed in his report, and would take several million dollars for just the areas in his report.

Creston City Council Approves First Reading of Proposed Franchise Fees

At their Tuesday evening meeting, the Creston city council approved proposed gas and electric franchise fees, with a vote of 4-3. The new fee would be a gradual increase every year, ending up at 5 percent in 2020. The first part would be a two percent fee, beginning this October.

Council members Randy White, Marsha Wilson, Gary Lybarger, and Nancy Loudon voted in favor of the fees, and voting against were: Rich Madison, Ann Levine, and Dave Koets.

Before the vote, some of the public and business owners spoke on the issue, expressing negative thoughts toward the fees.

AEA Public Forum Set for February 10

The next step in the potential consolidation between Creston and Prescott Schools is the public hearing run by the AEA. This is set for February 10, 2015.

McDermott Explains Local Impact Regarding Iowa Dept. of Education's New Enforcement on School Dates

Creston School's Superintendent Steve McDermott gave his reaction and the local impact about the Iowa Department of Education's news on Friday about the new enforcement on school districts taking waivers to start school before the week of September 1.

He made it clear that this new enforcement will not affect the district in any large way. He says that it has always been a goal to start classes after the State Fair. For more information and to hear McDermott's full take, listen to Monday's news HERE.

All-New Website Look for Creston Schools

The Creston School District website has an all-new look, debuting on the web this week. Superintendent Steve McDermott said it was time for a change, and now it has more of a modern look.

If you want to check it out, the web address is: www.crestonschools.org.

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