Sgt. Steve Shupp was transported by an ambulance to Fisher-Titus Medical Center after working with the New London Volunteer Fire Department. Sheriff Todd Corbin told the commissioners Thursday morning that Shupp was taken by a medical helicopter to another hospital where he had two stints put in and given about three different medications.
“One-hundred percent blockage. Now he’s recovering,” Corbin said. “They went in, checked his heart — no damage.”
Huron County Commissioner Terry Boose saw Shupp at the local firefighters association meeting this week, saying Shupp appeared to be “in good spirits.” He said Shupp was taking off his gear after a fire and when it was noticed he didn’t feel well and looked ill, Shupp was told he was going to the hospital in an ambulance.
“It all worked out pretty good, considering the circumstances,” Boose added.
While Corbin said it means his office is down one deputy, the most important thing is for Shupp to continue recovering and not push himself too hard — something the sheriff already stressed to him when he indicated he wanted to return to work. The sheriff expects to have Shupp work “light duty” and fill in as a dispatcher eventually.
In other news from the sheriff’s office, all the showers in the jail will be replaced at a cost of $94,000. Corbin said that price is less than the earlier $104,000 or $105,000 estimate.
“All of them will get done,” the sheriff added.
Maj. Chuck Summers, the jail administrator, said replacing all the showers should take about a week and the corrections officers will need to move prisoners to various pods while the work is being done. The initial plan is for the showers near the booking area to be done first.
The work won’t need to be bid because the proposed contract is with a company from the state purchasing program, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Randy Strickler said.
“We’ll put it high on our priority list,” Boose told the sheriff.
The commissioners and sheriff also shared their wish list for construction projects related to the sheriff’s office and jail, including repaving the parking lot and installing a new air-handling system.
“We hopefully we’ll be redoing your whole parking lot,” Boose told Corbin. “We know the air handlers have to get done. We don’t want to take a chance with that.”
One of the related challenges is what project comes first — new air handlers or replacing the roof.
“If the air handlers are out, the sheriff has to move prisoners due to policies and rules that don’t have any control over,” Commissioner Skip Wilde said.
Also, Corbin said he hopes the commissioners will purchase four new cruisers and allow him to hire three dispatchers this year. In 2017, the county bought six cruisers and two Suburbans.
“(Having) the eight dispatchers would give us the service we need,” the sheriff said.
Finally, the sheriff said with an exponential increase in traffic stops and citations, it sends a message to would-be criminals that Huron County isn’t a thoroughfare.
“It’s a good chance they’ll get caught,” Corbin added.