Four law enforcement employees from Wyandotte County graduate

Four law enforcement employees in Wyandotte County have graduated from the Kansas certified public manager program at the University of Kansas Public Management Center.

In all, nearly 70 students graduated from the program. The students began coursework in January 2020 and classes took place online after the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

Local, county, state and federal agencies were represented in the certification program.

The four Wyandotte County graduates include:

• Joshua Brooks, Edwardsville Police Department
• Dwight Buxton, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office
• William Naff, Bonner Springs Police Department
• Heron Santana, Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.

Several Wyandotte County students named to MidAmerica Nazarene University honor roll

Several Wyandotte County students have been named to the fall honors lists at MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe.

Students on the President’s List had a grade point average of 4.0 for the semester; students on the Dean’s List had a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99; and students on the Honor Roll had a grade point average of 3.2 to 3.49. All students named to honors were taking at least 12 semester hours.

MidAmerica Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university that has more than 1,870 students and offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, as well as some professional and graduate programs.

On the honors lists from Wyandotte County:

From Bonner Springs:

Isabella Cavanaugh, Dean’s List
Shannon Danley, Dean’s List
Trinity Jones, Dean’s List
Gracie Myers, Dean’s List
Hannah Ryser, President’s List

From Edwardsville

Alyssa Bland, Dean’s List

From Kansas City, Kansas:

Stanley Coates, President’s List
Karyssa Forshey, Honor Roll
Jackeline Gil, Honor Roll
Riley Glassbrenner, Dean’s List
Lily Ledesma, Dean’s List
Jonathan Nelson, Dean’s List
Rebecca Viens, Dean’s List
Logan Vogel, Dean’s List

Edwardsville Fire Department loses paramedic to COVID-19

Jason Taylor, a paramedic with the Edwardsville Fire Department, has died from complications due to COVID-19.

Taylor died on the morning of Jan. 1, according to a news release from the Edwardsville Fire Department.

“We are saddened by the loss of paramedic Taylor,” Fire Chief Tim Whitham said in a news release. “Jason served our city and our citizens with compassion and expertise; we will miss him dearly.”

Taylor served as a paramedic with the department for three years. He began his career in 1998 with Franklin County Emergency Medical Services, and served with the city of Bonner Springs for most of his career, before coming to Edwardsville.

Taylor graduated from Penn Valley Community College in 2008, and became a mobile intensive care technician. He also was an instructor-coordinator through the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services.

Donations to support Taylor’s family may be made at the Edwardsville Fire Department Headquarters, 698 S. 4th St., Edwardsville, Kansas.