Police ‘hero’ to be honored by council
Lansing Police Officer Billy Blackwell II is Ann Smith's hero, and she wants all of Lansing to know it.
During the Lansing City Council meeting this week, Mrs. Smith will get her chance to spread the word when Blackwell is scheduled to be recognized for rescuing Mrs. Smith this summer.
Blackwell was patrolling June 26 when a fire started at Mrs. Smith's home in the 500 block of South Second Street. Mrs. Smith, a 79-year-old woman who lives alone, called 911 and within moments Blackwell was at her door.
"He saw the fire through the kitchen window and rushed into the house," Mrs. Smith recalled this week. "He got me out in spite of the fact that I was saying, 'I want to do this and that.'"
Mrs. Smith, who uses a walker because of arthritis and other medical ailments, passed out just as Blackwell was helping her out of the house.
"He literally saved my life in spite of the danger to his own life," Mrs. Smith said.
"He was certainly my guardian angel that day - I really believe that."
Firefighters with Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 arrived after Blackwell and extinguished the fire, but not before it gutted Mrs. Smith's house.
"The walls are standing, but almost everything inside was destroyed," said Mrs. Smith, who now is living in a Leavenworth apartment while her home is being repaired.
The council meets at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 6, in the council chambers at City Hall, 800 First Terrace.
Here's the council agenda:
¢ Consider minutes from the council's Sept. 15 meeting.
¢ Recognize Police Officer Billy Blackwell II.
¢ Consider an appointment to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Parks and Rec director Jason Crum is recommending the appointment of Tom Barnhouse to the vacancy created with the resignation of softball commissioner Terry Denney. The term expires Dec. 31.
¢ Consider an ordinance assessing property owners with charges for the city's costs incurred in hiring contractors to remove overgrown weeds in violation of city ordinances at 705 N. Main St.
¢ Consider the preliminary and final plats for Lansing Depot Shops, a retail/office development planned for the 100 block of East Kansas Avenue.
¢ Consider the development plans for Carriage Hills Plaza, a commercial development, which is planned for a six-acre tract south and east of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 120 Express Drive.
¢ Hear from Jerry Reilly, who is representing First National Bank of Leavenworth, about the 1.8 acres the city owns on the southwest corner of West Mary and South Main streets. City Administrator Mike Smith said First National had been in negotiations with the city for six months and was interested in building a two-story, full-service branch on the site. Bank officials declined comment about Reilly's presentation.