This weekend I signed up to carry the media pager. In an effort to relive our PR person everyone on the marketing team was asked to sign up to cover the pager for at least one weekend this year.
Well this was my weekend. Megan reviewed the rules of responding to the media in the event that they called for a patient status of anyone taken to our hospitals. I had the worst anxiety the first night and woke up several times thinking that the pager had gone off. The weather really warmed up and I was told not to be surprised if there were a few accidents...
Friday morning just after 10:45 AM the pager began to ring. 10 pages and 8 calls to my cell phone later my head was spinning. There was a shooting in Grand Chute and the media wanted to know if the people were taken to either of our local hospitals. So my job was to call the ER. I was given ALL the details and was told that the family requested to be on a DO NOT PUBLISH status. So my job was to inform the media of absolutely nothing. Shortly after responding to FOX 11 I was notified that a film crew was on the campus of our Appleton Hospital trying to find out if one of the patients was there so I notified Security and they were quickly escorted off our campus. The calls continued for more then 24 hours and then the following story was released in the local paper. Although the media tried to trip me up with lots of questioning I did not release a single detail. So the following must have be released from the police and/or neighbors. The details of this story continue to run through my mind all day and night and my heart goes out to the children...
GRAND CHUTE — An off-duty Appleton firefighter shot and killed his estranged wife and wounded her mother Friday in the driveway of the home the couple once shared, Grand Chute Police Chief Greg Peterson said. Scott E. Schmidt, 38, of Chilton, parked his car about a half-mile from the home, 909 E. Edgewood Drive. Police do not know how long he was there or when he approached the home before the shooting at about 10:45 a.m.
Police say he shot his wife, Kelly Schmidt, 39, in the head and his mother-in-law, Barbara Wing, 66, in the chest. Kelly Schmidt was taken first to Appleton Medical Center, then transferred to Neenah's Theda Clark Medical Center, where she died at about 3:25 p.m. Wing's injuries are not life-threatening and police said she was released Friday.
An Appleton police officer was nearby when a 911 call came in reporting a possible shooting at 909 E. Edgewood Drive, just across the street from Fox Valley Lutheran High School. "He literally arrived moments later," Appleton police Sgt. Pat DeWall said from the scene. The officer and Schmidt saw one another. "As soon as he noticed the officer, he threw the gun down," DeWall said.
Schmidt, a lieutenant and decorated 15-year veteran of the fire department, has had a series of legal and marital troubles recently. He was convicted in September of domestic disorderly conduct. He previously had threatened to kill his wife, according to documents filed by his probation officer. His probation from the disorderly conduct conviction was revoked on March 11 and he was ordered not to possess guns. A judge also had ordered Schmidt to undergo alcohol and other drug abuse counseling and have a domestic abuse assessment.
Two young children were escorted from the home by authorities about 30 minutes after the shooting. Peterson said the children are the couple's, and they've been placed with relatives.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
It's crazy how many things our little man is eating these days. I can't think of anything he hasn't tried. I'm not sure what is more entertaining, Bailey never leaving Ryan's side during meal time or Ryan sharing his food with Bailey. Last night after I put Ryan to bed I heard this strange screeching sound coming from the kitchen. Tom wasn't home so to be honest I was a little scared, it sounded like someone was in the house. As I peaked around the bottom of the stairs there I found Bailey standing on his back paws with his front paws propped on the highchair and his head buried deep in seat licking all the small pieced of food that had fallen during Ryan's dinner. The screeching sound was the highchair rolling across the kitchen floor every time Bailey tried to get that last little morsel of food.
We had a wonderful day enjoying Easter with Bonnie and Jeff and the kids. I am soooo sad that my camera decided to freeze up Easter morning so I don't have any pictures of Ryan, our family or the amazing spread we fixed for dinner. We haven't had a true dinner party since my early prego days so all the gear came out this weekend. We even pulled out my Mom's china :)
Tom is busy looking for additional work and I continue to keep my options open. I maintain my faith that an opportunity to move closer to my family will present itself very soon. Of course we make the very best of our current situation and are extremely grateful that we both have work.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
We started our day with Laura and the girls at a kids event at Shopko Hall. They had everything from a petting zoo to life sized trucks and tractors to learning how to care for your teeth. There was so much to do, honestly we could have been busy the entire day. Unfortunately we had to leave around 11 so we could meet up with Lois for lunch at Panera and from there meet up with Deborah for a pedicure. Since my feet haven't had any special attention since October I couldn't wait for the bubbles and vibrating chair. Britnee and Gracee came along and after our polish dried we took the kids to sit with the Easter Bunny. It's funny, now looking at this picture up close Gracee looks like she is pinching Ryan on the back of the arm. I experience her pinch and must say that little girl packs quite a pinch. Although I am exhausted I really enjoyed my day with the girls. I've been so busy and watching every penny that we haven't gotten together much but after today I realized how therapeutic spending time with the girls has been so I will be making more of an effort.