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City council commends Williams' life-saving action

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On June 22, Greg Colvin's round at the Darby Creek Golf Course was cut short by a heart attack.

But thanks to a quick response by Darby Creek employee Mackenzie Williams, the only thing Colvin lost that day was the rest of his round.

Williams, a graduate of Fairbanks High School and a junior at Otterbein College, had taken CPR training her freshman and sophomore years as part of her curriculum in athlete training.

She worked on Colvin, administering CPR until the Marysville Emergency Medical Service arrived on the scene a few minutes later.

For her efforts in saving Colvin's life, Williams received a commendation from Marysville Mayor John Gore and Union County commissioners Charles Hall, Gary Lee and Steve Stolte.

Gore read the commendation to Williams and to a handful of her family and friends at Marysville City Council's July 26 meeting. He said he wanted "on behalf of a grateful community ... to take this opportunity to commend Mackenzie for her selfless act of heroism.

"Mackenzie said that as she performed CPR, she felt God's hands guiding her and keeping her calm. Mackenzie's bravery serves as a source of pride and inspiration to our entire community. I urge everyone to join me in commending her for her quick thinking and courage."

Colvin was at the council meeting to personally thank Williams for her actions that day.

"I just talked to my cardiologist today and he told me that without Mackenzie, I wouldn't have made it," Colvin said through tears. "There are no words to describe it when someone saves your life. Very few people get a second chance at life. I did, thanks to her."

In other business at the meeting, finance committee chairman Henk Berbee reported on the effects of legislation the council passed last year altering the rate at which Marysville sells bulk water.

"We had bulk water purchasers complaining to us that they had to buy water from Columbus and haul it back to Marysville," Berbee said.

"In 2010, we sold 40,000 gallons of water and made $510," Berbee said. "By comparison, in 2012 we've sold more than 328,000 gallons of water and made a profit of $700, thanks to the higher volume."

Berbee said the city "is never going to get rich selling water for 2 cents a gallon, but these figures, and selling almost 10 times the amount of water, show that we took the right course in changing the legislation."

Gore announced a public information hearing is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2 on the County Home Road construction project at state Route 4. Work is expected to begin Aug. 6, with a mid-October completion date.

The hearing will be held in the Buckeye Room at the Union County Agricultural Building on state Route 4.

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