Fairfield native, Dr. Maria Monge was one of the first physicians on scene at Monday’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Dr. Monge was working in the medical tent at the finish line when the explosions went off. She and dozens of doctors and other medical professionals rushed to the scene to treat scores of severely injured victims. Dr. Monge is the daughter of Dee and Linda Monge of Fairfield. She is currently completing a fellowship in adolescent internal medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.
A Fairfield teen has been jailed on charges he intentionally ran down another teen that was walking down N.W. 6th Street Monday afternoon. The injured teen, 19-year-old Jeffery M. Alldredge of Fairfield was able to identify the driver before being taken to Fairfield Memorial Hospital. The alleged driver, Justin E. Ray, 18 of Fairfield was arrested a short time later. He faces charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, possession of marijuana, possession of meth and reckless driving.
Eight members of the Albion Volunteer Fire Department who tendered their resignation at the April 8 meeting of the Albion City Council say they were misled by more senior firemen, and never intended to resign that night. The eight members have issued a letter to the Albion City Council and mayor, asking that their group be recognized as the core of a re-established Volunteer Fire Department. The group appointed Brad Nale as their Chief and Steve Smith as the First Assistant Chief. All eight say they will respond to any fire and issued an apology to the City for any misunderstanding between themselves and the city council.
The Illinois State Fire Marshal continues to investigate an early morning fire on Sunday that claimed the lives of two rural Dahlgren residents. 67-year-old Fern Thierry and her 17-year-old granddaughter, Cara Munce died in the fire. Hamilton County Coroner Ron Ewald says no foul play is suspected in the deaths. Graveside services for Cara Munce and Fern Thierry will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Farnsworth Cemetery at Keenes. Visitation will be 5:30 – 8 p.m. tonight at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren. The cause of the fire remains undetermined.
Graduation day for Fairfield’s 8th Grade has been set for Monday, May 13 in the Center Street Gym. Vesper Services will be Sunday, May 5 at the First Christian Church in Fairfield.
Sixth grader Erica Kwok has taken first place in the Modern Woodmen of America Speech contest at Center Street School. Seventh grader, Kylar Slover took second and 8th grader, Darian Lavine took third.