City honors citizens, fire department

SUTA FAMILY  —  From the left, Deanna Suta, Mayor Wendy Judisch, Dakota Suta and Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Suta. The family received special certificates from the city for their actions at a recent fire which resulted in saving the life of a young fire victim and helping to evacuate residents from a four-plex apartment that was on fire. (middle photograph) OFFICER HONORED  —  ConradPolice Officer Jason Korst was awarded his certificate in recognition of his selfless actions as an officer of the city in protecting citizens.  (bottom photograph) OFFICER HONORED  —  Conrad Volunteer Firemen Cody Erickson, Shawn Sullivan and Jay DeStaffany represented the entire fire department which were honored and recognized for their selfless actions in protecting Conrad.  I-O Photos by Buck Traxler



By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

In a special recognition segment, the city recognized and honored the Suta family, Police Officer Jason Korst, and the fire department at  their regular meeting on Tuesday evening.

The meeting was held on the day after Monday because that was a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King.

The special recognition came about as a result of a fire right after Christmas that badly burned 11-year-old Julia Winney.

She is recovering at a burn unit in Salt Lake City.

The fire began in the front of a four-plex apartment in the 400 block of Maryland.

Winney had called her mother to tell her the Christmas tree was on fire. She was pulled from the fiery apartment by her step-father Glynn Collier.

However, she was not breathing. Carl Suta, a sheriff’s deputy and next door neighbor, administered CPR on her, likely saving her life. Suta's son, Dakota, a student at Conrad High School, alerted the other residents of the four-plex and made sure they were all evacuated.

Mayor Wendy Judisch presented special certificates to the Suta family, Office Jason Korst and the entire fire department for their “special contributions and selfless actions.”

In other business, Chief Gary Dent gave a report from the CPD noting there were 142 calls in December. In part, two thefts were reported, nine domestic situations took place, 21 rides home were given, 15 felony arrests were made, 36 warnings given and many assists to other agencies were done.

Dent also presented figures for a new police vehicle, a Ford Interceptor, with bids from Courtesy Ford and Bison Ford in Great Falls. No bid was received from Van Motors.

After some discussion, the bids were taken under advisement. Chief Dent will work with Agnes Fowler, city finance officer, and report back to the council on purchase options.

On a related department request, the Chief noted that service pistols are 11-years-old and the department would like to purchase a new Glock model pistol.

With trade-ins, the department can buy six new pistols at $954 each. The council moved to allow officers to purchase new service pistols.

Action on a police hiring committee and other city boards were approved. Evelyn Speers’ sewer average request was OK’d and an agreement on a revised water purchase agreement between the city and the North Central Montana Regional Water Authority (NCMRWA) was approved.

Conrad will supply the NCMRWA with 285,000 gallons of water per day. The city will be paid $2.46 per 1,000 gallons metered.

The council is back to meeting at city hall after the remodeling project is nearly complete.

An Open House will be held in the near future. Watch the I-O for dates and time.

Meanwhile, meetings will be held on the first and third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., 411-1/2 S. Main St.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend a meeting and see their government at work.