TCHS assistant coach to aid in Katrina efforts
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The hurricane disaster in the Gulf Coast region will have an affect on the TCHS football team, with one of their assistant coaches slated to leave for the region this week.

Eric Bleidt, a deputy chief with the Hopkinsville Fire Department, was expected to leave for the region this week to assist with the recovery and rebuilding project.

Bleidt has served as assistant coach for the Wildcat football team for several years.

He will be part of a five-person team of paramedics, EMTs and firemen that will operate an ambulance and a 4-wheeler in the storm-ravaged area.

Bleidt said the crew from Hopkinsville will be able to man an ambulance 24 hours a day, seven days a week during their six-week stay.

“We will run 12-hour shifts and assist in their grid operations in or near New Orleans,” he said. “We’ll go through every closet, crawl space, and under every rock looking for survivors or victims.”

Bleidt said a crew of paramedics will rotate every seven days, while senior fire department officers will rotate on duty every ten days.

Deputy Trigg County Coroner John Mark Vinson, who served as head golf coach at TCHS for four years, is also in the region assisting agencies recover, identify, and process hurricane victims. Vinson left last week.
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