Something is going on at the City Dam.

Something is going on at the City Dam.

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Dee

United States

#1 Jul 26, 2009
I live close by, and for the last hour there have been police, fire dept, Hwy Patrol, paramedics, down at the City Dam on the river. I tried to sneak close enough to see with out getting in the way and its to narrow to get close. I am worried something really bad has happened.
sue

Wichita, KS

#2 Jul 26, 2009
man in boat went over city dam. got in under tow. body now recovered.
Dee

United States

#3 Jul 26, 2009
OMG! Another drowning? That is just terrible!
msbarney

United States

#4 Jul 26, 2009
Anybody know who?
sue

Wichita, KS

#5 Jul 26, 2009
charloma owners son
Hi lee ejicated Redneck

Coffeyville, KS

#6 Jul 26, 2009
sue wrote:
charloma owners son
Do you mean Jeff Fink?
Heard

Coffeyville, KS

#7 Jul 26, 2009
Hi lee ejicated Redneck wrote:
<quoted text>Do you mean Jeff Fink?
I heard the name was Tom Wells. I Do not know him.

Since: Feb 09

South Texas

#8 Jul 26, 2009
Heard wrote:
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I heard the name was Tom Wells. I Do not know him.
Could be related to Wendell Wells, the other owner of Charloma.
Lola

United States

#9 Jul 27, 2009
Two people drown over the week end. Tom Wells from Cherryvale and a Thirty year old female named Billie from Indy drown at Shell beach.
Misty Marr

Lawrence, KS

#10 Jul 27, 2009
His name was Tom Wells. A very good friend of mine and my fiances. He was 31 years old. He will be missed greatly. He was a great friend and son. We all love and miss you our Dear Tom, see you on the other side buddy.
dawn

Chanute, KS

#11 Jul 27, 2009
her name was billy lukens and she was 31 yrs old, she was a freind of mine and she will be greatly missed
Misty marr

Lawrence, KS

#13 Jul 28, 2009
Tom Well's Funeral will be held at pott's chapel on this thursday at 11:00 am. Hope those of you that knew him will attend his funeral and pay your respects. Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers. God Bless
Lena

United States

#14 Jul 28, 2009
that is sad news.
silent watcher

Parsons, KS

#15 Jul 28, 2009
Misty Marr wrote:
His name was Tom Wells. A very good friend of mine and my fiances. He was 31 years old. He will be missed greatly. He was a great friend and son. We all love and miss you our Dear Tom, see you on the other side buddy.
Words can not describe the horror of what happened Sunday. Dispite all of these horrible and tragic stories people still choose to go into these dangerous waters. I just pray that others will learn from these unfortunate tragedys. Just a slight correction though, he was 36 yrs young when he died. May God be with him and his family.
Cyndee

Blythe, CA

#16 Aug 5, 2009
Tom was a great guy! I'm so saddened to hear the news. His family should be proud of the son they raised.
Disgusted

United States

#17 Aug 6, 2009
Yes, the whole thing was tragic. And from what I hear, he possibly could have been saved. The poor guy was out there rolling like a log in that kayak- he was tied in- and the "emergency workers" were waiting on a boat to get out there and save him. Meanwhile, the fire dept. had a bucket truck sitting out there the whole time. Why couldn't they have extended the ladder out over the river and dropped someone down with a rope to rescue him?

Indy Fire Dept. is really lacking in the training area. They sit up there on their butts during down time, doing nothing productive. They need to be TRAINING MORE so they are truly prepared for things like that. Most of them are so egotistical- if it ain't their idea, then they ain't doing it.

It's sad but true. Kudos though, to the Schaper brothers who risked their own lives, and nearly went over the dam themselves, trying to save him in nothing but a row boat.
drowning

Coffeyville, KS

#18 Aug 6, 2009
Wait a minute. Are you trained in this area. If not you need to back off. They worked hard to do everything they could to save this man without losing another life. They did get ropes to him several times. the current was just to strong for him to hang on. Does not matter which way they got it to him if he could not hang on. And I do not think they would be dumb enough to put another man down in the current. Why lose two lives. Would that of made you feel better.
Disgusted

United States

#19 Aug 6, 2009
I didn't say to put 'em down in the current. If the firefighter was tied on properly to the ladder and suspended ABOVE the kayak, that MAY have got him out of there sooner. No one can know for sure, but spending a whole HOUR trying to get a motorized boat in the water sure wasn't helping him too much, now was it? I feel how I feel about it- you feel how you feel about it. At the end of the day, he's still gone.
Fire

Independence, KS

#20 Aug 6, 2009
Our F.D. are highly trained and train all the time.They don't just sit on their butts,they work from 7:00am-5:00pm with cleaning,maintenance,checking equipment,physical training,environmentals,inspec tions,training,watering trees downtown,running fire and EMS calls,answering complaints,paperwork and any other tasks that are assigned to them that nobody else wants to do.So, back off the Fire Department,you don;t have a clue.
next

Pass Christian, MS

#21 Aug 6, 2009
drowning wrote:
Wait a minute. Are you trained in this area. If not you need to back off. They worked hard to do everything they could to save this man without losing another life. They did get ropes to him several times. the current was just to strong for him to hang on. Does not matter which way they got it to him if he could not hang on. And I do not think they would be dumb enough to put another man down in the current. Why lose two lives. Would that of made you feel better.
I dont believe any one there was trained for what happened that day they all tryed and did there best to save the man,but now its time to train for this encase it were to happen again,I believe all I.P.D. I.F.D.and E.M.S should be in on the training. I believe this will happen,the next day after three city officials came down to the dam looked things over and were coming up with a plan then, i do believe things will be different next time,but dont put that blame anyone they all did the best they could it was bad enough to have to watch it happen no one need to carry that guilt on there shoulders.Get them trained for next time and hope there wont be a next time and lets move on.

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