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MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES CITY OF FORT WAYNE IS FOUR YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE ON REDUCING COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS ON ST. JOSEPH RIVER

August 25, 2015 - Mayor Tom Henry joined residents, river supporters and City Utilities’ staff to celebrate a significant milestone of reducing combined sewer overflows (CSO) to no more than one per year on the St. Joseph River. The achievement complies with federal mandates and shows the number of combined sewer overflow events on the river is down to only one in a typical year – an accomplishment that is four years ahead of schedule.

Since entering into an agreement with federal and state regulators for compliance with clean water mandates in 2008, City Utilities has met every deadline. Today’s celebration recognizes a win for neighborhoods near the St. Joseph and for all residents of Fort Wayne as we focus on renewed interest in the value of our rivers and how they can improve quality of life and lead to economic growth.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment to achieve as we continue to work together to make a meaningful difference for residents, neighborhoods, and businesses. Our commitment to being good stewards of the environment and our rivers sends a strong message that we value being a leader in providing excellent services and enhancing the quality of life we enjoy in Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry.

Over the past eight years, City Utilities has invested more than $12 million in neighborhood projects along the St. Joseph River. These efforts have protected nearly 500 homes from basement backups and street flooding and reduced the number of overflows on the river in a typical year from 13 to one. These efforts have kept 16 million gallons of overflow out of the river and the investments have created and supported nearly 300 jobs. 

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MAYOR HENRY AND FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE NEW PROGRAMS TO ENHANCE HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY IN CITY

August 24, 2015 - Mayor Tom Henry and the Fort Wayne Fire Department today announced two new initiatives designed to enhance health and public safety in the City of Fort Wayne.

Mayor Henry, Public Safety Director Rusty York, and Fire Chief Eric Lahey visited Fire Station 7 on Lindenwood Avenue to discuss how Narcan and metronomes are assisting firefighters in providing lifesaving care.

Narcan is an opiate antagonist that helps with the survival rate of heroin overdose victims. Narcan is now available on all fire apparatus, which is resulting in faster administration to patients in need of the medication.

From January 1, 2015-August 3, 2015, the Fort Wayne Fire Department and EMS have responded to 115 overdose patients in need of Narcan. Over the last 10 days, Fire Station 7 has responded to two overdose cases where Narcan was administered.

Officials from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health attended today’s announcement to show support of Narcan being available on fire apparatus and discuss the challenges associated with drug abuse.

Another way the Fort Wayne Fire Department is improving patient care is through the use of metronomes. Studies show that good compressions delivered at a steady rate is a crucial factor in delivering quality CPR. Sweetwater has donated 40 metronomes that will help firefighters deliver quality compressions to individuals in a health emergency.

Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack was recognized at today’s event for Sweetwater’s commitment to making a meaningful difference in the community.

“Our community’s commitment to health and public safety is evident by the public and private sectors coming together to say we must continue to advance our City to be the best,” said Mayor Henry. “We’re fortunate to be part of a City that’s moving in the right direction with positive momentum and a vision for ensuring we’re always looking for ways to enhance our ability to help those in need and address serious issues to keep Fort Wayne residents safe and healthy to be able to enjoy the quality of life amenities we have to offer.” 

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PRAYERS FOR THE CITY EVENT TO BE HELD AUGUST 30

August 19, 2015 - The third annual Prayers for the City hosted by Mayor Tom Henry will take place from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 at the University of Saint Francis North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring St. The service is free and open to the public.

Representatives of many of Fort Wayne's diverse religious traditions will come together to pray for our City, including Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Unitarian Universalists and others.

The program will include Native American sacred drumming; traditional Hindu dance; prayers for understanding and unity, peace with justice, compassion and action, commitment and engagement; and a community reading of Pope Francis’ ‘A Prayer for the Earth.’

“Fort Wayne is a diverse community that shares many different faiths that we can embrace and celebrate together,” said Mayor Henry. “By working together, we’re making a meaningful difference for residents as we learn more about and understand the importance of acceptance and peace.” 

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