Officer, firefighter honored for actions in fire

SPECIAL RECOGNITION – Monday evening, the Levelland City Council presented copies of resolutions recognizing two men, Firefighter Jeromy Dawson and Police Officer Jim Dukatnik, for their bravery in entering a smoke-filled burning home in an attempt to save an elderly woman’s life. The incident occurred Nov. 21 and Dukatnik entered the home three times in an attempt to locate the woman, Dorothy Birchfield, determining that she was in the back of th house. Dawson entered the burning residence, l

The Levelland City Council  recognized a heroic firefighter and policeman and suspended a proposed 17.63 percent electric rate increase during Monday night’s meeting.

The council also ordered the election for Districts A & C and learned that both incumbents, Larry Davidson and Billy Youngblood, will seek re-election.

The council authorized the purchase of new police, water, street and sanitation department vehicles, all from local dealers, authorized the submission of an application for grant money to finish a walking trail in the City Park, and tabled a request for additional staffing in the city’s Inspection Department.

The council also authorized participation in the 2014 Group Seal Coat Program with other West Texas cities. The city has budgeted $450,000 for seal coating this year.

The meeting began with Levelland Police Officer Jim Dukatnik and Firefighter Jeromy Dawson being recognized for their heroic efforts to save the life of Dorothy Birchfield.

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