For years a Wapakoneta woman served her community through her medical knowledge, sometimes working and being on call for 24 hours straight.
Ruth Baeumel, who began working as an emergency medical technician (EMT) in Wapakoneta 33 years ago, went on her last call this weekend. She decided it was time to retire.
Local data backs what national scientists declared — July was one of the hottest months ever on record.
Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the contiguous United States, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. The average temperature for July was 77.6 degrees, breaking a mark set in July 1936 by 0.2 degrees, according to records kept by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
One local student is enjoying his summer poolside — and is not ready for the season to end.
Wapakoneta High School senior Brad Severt, who has spent his summer lifeguarding at the Wapakoneta WaterPark, said he is going to miss it this fall when he goes back to school.
“It just looked like fun,” Severt said of why he decided to lifeguard. “I live just across the street and I have friends that do it.”
So Severt began his training earlier this year, and enjoys seeing the people everyday.