It's official: March is Red Cross Month

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Agency helps save lives before tragedies strike

TELL CITY - Perry County commissioners adopted in a regular meeting Monday a resolution offered by Llynn Enmen and Gene Baldwin proclaiming March as National Red Cross Month.

"The Perry County Red Cross makes every effort to save lives long before tragedy strikes by helping individuals and entire communities learn to prepare for disasters," the resolution reads. Training in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, water safety and the use of automated external defibrillators are among those efforts, it explains. "Over the past year, nearly 200 people have enrolled in American Red Cross health and safety courses in Tell City, Cannelton and Troy."

The agency also helps military members send or receive messages when emergencies arise affecting them or their loved ones, and "reaches out to members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families who reside in nearly every community in Perry County," the Red Cross representatives wrote.

The resolution signed by Commission President Gary Dauby includes a note of thanks to the people who help them.

"Without the help of the Perry County volunteers," the agency "would not be able to fulfill the humanitarian mission that is the cornerstone of the organization. We are grateful for the tireless work of the volunteers and employees" who contribute, and "we pay tribute to this remarkable organization and all those who have answered the call to serve a cause greater than self and offered support and healing in times of need."