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Yelm folks make national news


Photo credit: Brian Kersey / AP
Zac Vawter, fitted with an experimental “bionic” leg, is silhouetted on the Ledge at the Willis Tower in Chicago. Vawter is training for the world’s tallest stair-climbing event where he’ll attempt to climb 103 flights to the top of theWillis Tower using the new prosthesis. Corbin Maxey, special guest from Boise with Scooter

– Yelm man with ‘bionic’ leg set to climb huge skyscraper
“Zac Vawter considers himself a test pilot. After losing his right leg in a motorcycle accident, the 31-year-old software engineer signed up to become a research subject, helping to test a trailblazing prosthetic leg that’s controlled by his thoughts.

He will put this groundbreaking “bionic” leg to the ultimate test Sunday when he attempts to climb 103 flights of stairs to the top of Chicago’s Willis Tower, one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers,” quoting Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer.
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Sgt. Christopher Gaylord
Staff Sgt. Patrick Malone (right), a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System section chief with 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, and a volunteer emergency medical technician for the Bald Hills Fire Department in Yelm, Wash., helps his comrades care for an injured occupant during a training exercise to pull role players from the station out of a wrecked vehicle. The training serves to keep the knowledge and skills refreshed for volunteers who work at the station, where Malone has dedicated at least 24 hours of his time each month since August 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher M. Gaylord, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

– “Sense of duty drives soldiers volunteer efforts with local fire department”
“Bouncing from duty station to duty station in the Air Force with his father, Staff Sgt. Patrick Malone grew up fairly certain what he would do with his life.

I always remember seeing him come home in uniform, and I just remember looking up to him, and that was always just stuck in my head, he said. ‘I knew I wanted to serve.’

The military was definitely in the cards for the 17th Fires Brigade soldiers future. Becoming a first responder for his community, however that never crossed his mind.

But nearly 20 years after committing to the profession he knew would fit him best, Malones volunteer time with the Bald Hills Fire Department is one of the things he enjoys most in life,” quoting Sgt. Christopher Gaylord in DVIDS.
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Photo credit: FFA
Savannah Hoffman, Kyle Sneddon, and McKenzie Bostic

– “Yelm FFA Ag Com Team Wins Third in Nation”
“Winners of the National FFA Agricultural Communications Career Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday [Oct. 26] at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 21-25.

Placing third in the nation was the Yelm FFA Agricultural Communications team of Kyle Sneddon (pictured center), Savannah Hoffman (pictured left), and McKenzie Bostic (pictured right),” quoting Yelm Community Schools.
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Rory Sager in Yelm

– “Got the shot”
“Last November, Rory Sagner awoke to find a soft blanket of snow covering the ground and treetops around her home between Yelm and Rainier the first snowfall of the year.

She dropped her cell phone in her pocket and went on a morning walk.

Inspired by the beautiful scenery surrounding her, she whipped out her phone and shot some photos of the winter wonderland.

Now, one of those photos titled The Way Home is a winner in Canon U.S.A.s Project Imaginat10n photo contest.

Ninety-one winning photographs in 10 categories were selected in the contest (Sagners photo was a winner in the setting category) with the help of director Ron Howard and public votes,” quoting Steven Wyble in the Nisqually Valley News.
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