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Stilwell Public Safety Town hall with fire, sheriff and MED-ACT badges

Sheriff, Fire Chief, Med-ACT Chief connect with residents at community meeting

Representatives from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Fire District No. 2 and Johnson County MED-ACT met with about 100 residents Monday night at a Stilwell town hall and community meeting at Stilwell Elementary School.

Sheriff Calvin Hayden, Lt. Paul Nonnast, Fire Chief James Francis and MED-ACT Chief Paul Davis informed residents about emergency services in their community. They also answered questions about everything from burn permits to traffic signs and encouraged residents to get involved.

The Stilwell gathering was one of three community meetings held by the Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with fire districts and MED-ACT throughout Johnson County. The Sheriff’s Office held meetings during the winter in Edgerton and DeSoto.

“We are always looking for ways to engage and communicate with our community,” Nonnast said. “Town halls have proven to be a great way to start conversations and build relationships.”

Nonnast told residents how to share home security footage with deputies and encouraged attendees to participate in the Sheriff’s Citizen Academy.

Francis told attendees that the fire district was among only about 20 out of 500 fire districts in Kansas with an Insurance Services Office Protection Class 2 Rating for all properties located within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant and within 5 road miles of a fire station.

Davis told residents about MED-ACTs HeartSafe Hands-Only CPR & AED training and Stop The Bleed training, both opportunities for residents to learn how to help save lives.