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Five years ago, Julie Webb achieved her childhood dream – the first part, at least – when she joined the ranks of Kilgore Fire Department. Today, the KFD Driver/Engineer has finished Phase II, completing almost 1,100 hours of additional training, knocking out the necessary exams and signing on with the Kilgore Fire Marshal’s office as an arson investigator.

The start of the school year always bring traffic congestion to Kilgore campuses, and local officials are taking extra steps to, as best they can, streamline the flow at Chandler Elementary School as significant street construction continues.

“If I have an EMS call right now, how long do I have to get out of the station?" Kilgore FD Capt. Michael Stanley didn’t have to wait long for an answer. In the time it takes to get a healthy lungful of air, 19 young voices were shouting the number at him: “45 SECONDS!”

The Kilgore Police Department has long recognized that clergy and their congregations are an abundant and dynamic community resource. In order to more fully engage the faith-based community in our combined Community Policing concept, a Clergy and Police Alliance (CAPA) program has been developed.

In most cases, the first person who responds to an incident is never on scene – not in person, anyway – but emergency dispatchers man the literal front lines, taking calls from people facing the worst of life, providing a calm voice in chaos and sending whatever help is needed.

“Oppressive heat” will continue building across a four-state region this week, the National Weather Service warns, and a heat advisory is in effect through Wednesday evening for areas including Kilgore and Northeast Texas.

As it stands right now, when Kilgore firefighters respond to a hazardous material spill on Interstate 20, it’s local taxpayers who foot the bill for the clean-up. The same holds true for structure fires or motor vehicle incidents just outside the city limits. It’s par for the course statewide, but costs stack up, and Kilgore City Council members are in the initial phase of a discussion to have some of those costs covered by insurance companies.

A young girl nearly drowned at Kilgore City Pool Thursday night, but the quick response of a teenage lifeguard and Kilgore firefighters brought the child back from the brink. Few details are available on the victim — officials say she is approximately 5 years-old and is being transported for additional care in Dallas after she was resuscitated then regained consciousness en route to a local medical facility.

The dog behind the wheel did not look happy. “He ain’t, and neither am I,” Kilgore Police Officer Josh Vercher told his chief. At the very least, when he’d picked up a bag of beef jerky for an on-patrol protein boost Saturday night, Vercher wasn’t planning on sharing it with a pit bull. He certainly hadn’t expected to share the driver’s seat in his cruiser June 15.

Westbound drivers on Interstate 20 will have a harder slog Thursday morning as troopers reconstruct the scene of a crash. According to Sgt. Jean Dark, the stretch of I-20 between FM 2087 and Hwy. 31 will be shut down for approximately one-hour beginning at about 9:45 a.m.

Kilgore Police Department is urging local citizens to prepare a plan in the event they find themselves threatened by a dangerous attacker. On Thursday, KPD Officer Todd Nault visited Kilgore Lions Club to share information about “Avoid – Deny – Defend”, an active threat response program developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Program at Texas State University.

AUSTIN – This Memorial Day weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is joining law enforcement efforts across the state to help keep Texas roadways safe and encourage motorists to practice safe driving habits. From Friday, May 24, through Monday, May 27, DPS Troopers will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, as well as drivers violating speed limit, seat belt and other traffic laws.

Memorial Day weekend is a time of celebration and to honor our veterans.  It is also a time when many friends and family gather for cookouts, watch parades, go to the beach, visit amusement parks, and enjoy the much improved weather.  To ensure your celebrations go safely, here are some precautions to consider when planning for that weekend.

With summer and warmer weather hastily approaching, it is a time to enjoy the great outdoors. We hope that you enjoy the warmer weather and we want to offer a few tips to make it better and safer.

Investigators have identified and made contact with a man suspected of driving drunk into the Kilgore War Veterans Monument earlier this month. The individual is currently out of state, Kilgore PD Assistant Chief Roman Roberson confirmed Tuesday, and has agreed to meet with investigators as soon as he returns.

The next test of Kilgore’s emergency warning system is scheduled for noon Wednesday, May 15. The sirens will not be tested during inclement weather.