Horowhenua Mail : January 5th 2012
Reflecting your community THURSDAY, January 5, 2012 Rodney still helping Honoured: Foxton Beach Fire Brigade chief Rodney Caldow is Horowhenua's sole recipient of a New Year honour. New Year honour for fire service work By TASHA BLACK ' It's really easy to look good when you've got a whole lot of bloody good people behind you. ' Rodney Caldow After 36 years with the Foxton Beach Fire Brigade, Rodney Caldow still gets a buzz from help- ing people. It's really quite exciting still when that fire siren goes up or your pager goes off, you go and put your uniform on . . . go and ride that red truck with flashing lights and siren and help someone in need.'' Mr Caldow was awarded a Queen's Service Medal in the New Year honours for his contribution to the New Zealand Fire Service. Receiving the award was both a little bit unbeliev- able'' and really cool''. It really is one of those things that take your breath away a little bit.'' For the past 15 years Mr Caldow has been the brigade's chief fire officer. The fire brigade has always been a huge part of our lives, my father was part of the fire brigade as well. It was just something you did.'' Highlights include receiving his Gold Star for 25 years' service, as well as some memorable medical callouts. One comes to mind where a guy was pretty much dead when we turned up and when we left he was talking in the ambulance. That's something you can't describe to anyone. We had given him cpr and used our de-fib on him, administered oxygen, do the things we were taught to do. That's unbelievable stuff.'' For 27 years Mr Caldow has also been a member of the Mana- watu Coastguard. Even on a nice, quiet day fish- ing'' with a mate on Tuesday, Mr Caldow was on hand to help. Someone from the beach thought they had seen an upturned boat with five people on it. We had the Coastguard boat, we had the helicopter, and my own boat. We searched for poss- ibly two hours, before we stood down. . .Itturned out to be a log.'' Not long after that Mr Caldow was called out to a boat, about eight nautical miles out of Foxton, with a flat battery. It was just an average day,'' he said. In between fire and Coastguard callouts, Mr Caldow runs his own local business, Caldow Builders Ltd, employing 13 builders. After the 2009 tsunami in Samoa, Mr Caldow, along with about half a dozen local builders, travelled to Samoa to build three fales that had been partly built in New Zealand. That was absolutely huge. It was one of those life experiences you will never, ever forget.'' It was a logistical eye-opener, he said. The power goes off in Samoa during the middle of the day and we were trying to mix concrete by hand to pour concrete floors. We went back 12 months later and it was just so exciting to see the people we had built for.'' He puts his successes down to a team effort. It's really easy to look good when you've got a whole lot of bloody good people behind you.'' When he's not building fales, fighting fires, and aiding stricken boaties, Mr Caldow likes motorbike riding, spending time with family and fishing. Highway crash claims two lives By BEN STRANG A Levin family are lucky to be alive after a fatal crash on a notorious stretch of road near Otaihanga, north of Parapara- umu. Two people died in the crash on December 30 when the driver of a southbound Honda lost control at the end of the State Highway 1 passing lane, the car crossing the centre line and smashing into a family of five driving north, police said. Sergeant Ron Walker said 39-year-old Titahi Bay man Lance Rielly and stepdaughter Stephanie Fox, 18, were killed in the collision. The family in the southbound Ford were all injured, with the mother still in hospital yesterday with broken legs, a damaged kid- ney, and facial injuries. Her left wrist had also been reconstructed, Mr Walker said. The father suffered a broken left arm, cuts and bruises and seatbelt burn, but had returned home with his three children. His 11-year-old child suffered a hip injury and seatbelt bruising, while a three-year-old and 19-month-old child also suffered seatbelt bruis- ing. Mr Walker said the seatbelts had saved the family's lives. Emergency Medical Services doctor Chris Lane said he was one of the first on the scene, which he described as deathly silent'' when he arrived. Dr Lane said he had been called to the same corner dozens of times in his 22 years on the Kapiti Coast, and had seen many injuries and a number of deaths. Most recently Kelly Thompson, 17, died on the corner, metres from Friday's crash, after driving across the centre line and colliding with another car on September 30. Dr Lane called for a median barrier to be installed on the stretch of road between Otaihanga and Waikanae, and said it would prevent further deaths. Wellington state highways manager Rod James said since the crash the New Zealand Transport Agency had taken immediate action to improve safety on the road. He said they closed the northbound and southbound pass- ing lanes and dropped the speed limit for the rest of the holiday period, which ended on Tuesday. We will be implementing further safety improvements on this section of the highway early in the new year, including the per- manent closure of the passing lanes between Otaihanga and Waikanae, providing a widened flush median, and extending the 80kmh speed limit through to Waikanae.'' Mr James said a barrier was planned for the stretch of road, but required a roundabout at the intersection of SH1 and Otaihanga Rd, due for construc- tion in mid-2013. Dr Lane said the temporary measures were for a permanent, serious and continu- ing problem that could only be solved with a median barrier. Editorial 06 368 6014 -- Display Advertising 04 298 5019 -- Fax 04 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- horowhenuamail.co.nz IN BRIEF INSIDE Community stalwart, page 2 Fantastic flying machines, page 5 Olympic journey, page 15 Arson charges A Foxton man appeared in Levin District Court in December charged with arson attacks on the Foxton Racecourse during November and December. At his appearance on December 21, Kelvin Webb, 35, was charged with the arson of the course, and was remanded in custody to reappear in late February, Fairfax NZ reported. Webb faces five charges of arson relating to fires since November 18, when part of the main wooden grandstand was set alight. A stable block burnt to the ground in a second incident. Webb worked as a groundsman at the racecourse. Supermarket leak Levin firefighters were called out on Christmas Day to a hose running from the garden of a business onto the street. Firefighters were called to Right Price after being informed of the leak, and said it appeared a garden hose was the culprit. ''It looks like the hose was just left on before they left for Christmas,'' a spokesman said. He said the brigade had been quiet over the Christmas and New Year period.
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