RPD Officer Josh Aldridge Recognized @ Council Meeting

Mayor Ronny Walker, RPD Officer Josh Aldridge, RPD Chief Steve Rogers

“I tell officers all the time, If you can save one life in your career, it’s worth the career.” So said Ruston Police Department (RPD) Chief Steve Rogers at last night’s meeting of Ruston’s Board of Aldermen.

Rogers was there to recognize RPD Officer Josh Aldridge, who by his quick action saved a young man’s life last March.

Reading from a letter of commendation, Rogers said the 15 year-old fell through a window at a West California Ave. business, resulting in a severe leg laceration.

“Officer Aldridge recognized the imminent threat for loss of life. Officer Aldridge made the quick decision to utilize the tourniquet on his person to aid the boy, and applied it to his upper leg,” read Rogers.

After being airlifting to LSUS, the youth was successfully treated.

Continued Rogers, “His immediate recognition of the severity of the medical emergency and his quick decision to apply the tourniquet resulted directly in saving the life of the boy. A failure to act, or any delay in his actions could have led to a tragic outcome.”

During the business part of the meeting, Heard, McElroy & Vestal’s Jerrod Tinsley reported on the city’s 10/1/19 – 9/30/19 fiscal year audit.

He said the city had an unmodified, or “clean” audit, and that there were no findings.

City Treasurer Julie Keen reported on the sales tax collections for the month of April, 2020. Total collections were $1.24 million, about $146 thousand less than the same month last year. The hotel/restaurant portion of the total tax take was $99 thousand, about $52 thousand less than last year.

Keen said the collections were not as bad as feared. That area restaurants were able to do a significant take-out business during Gov. Bel Edwards’ economic lockdown helped tax collections, it was said.

Finally, an ordinance was introduced that would, if adopted, change the rate schedule for the city’s electricity customers. The city owns and maintains the distribution system (poles, lines, meters, transformers, etc), and buys and then resells the power.

See here the proposed ordinance.

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