Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52WYFF photojournalist Mark Lyon has chronicled the entire series along with Powell. The series expanded to include valuable informa- tion from the Greer First Department, such as how to properly install a child safety seat and check lint traps behind home driers to prevent a build up that may create a fire hazard. City employees’ annual fire extinguisher training provided another teaching experience. As she did during the interactive shooting simula- tor, Powell didn’t hesitate to dive into each experience. She operated lasers and radar to understand the im- portance of slowing speeders, entered the Fire Depart- ment’s burn tower, and rappelled at the training center. “I think more than anything, it adds to your credi- bility for the viewers. The fact that I would be that ded- icated to the story causes them to realize that I am in- vested in the story topic. It gives me experience which helps when researching and writing. And it puts me lit- erally in a first responder’s shoes.” Powell said. It also has earned Powell the respect of the first re- sponders she covers. The Police Department honored Powell and photojournalist Mark Lyon in September with its Citizen’s Award. “I’ve never seen a reporter have the kind of access “Nationwide you have police agencies fighting with news media, but here in upstate South Carolina we have a series going that is very positive.” – Sgt. Randle Ballenger to a city like she does. She can basically come anytime she’d like and do a story for the series,” Ballenger said “The series couldn’t have come at a better time for both of us. Nationwide you have police agencies fighting with news media, but here in upstate South Carolina we have a series going that is very positive.” As the calendar turned to December, the series committed segments to such seasonal activities as shopping, cooking and decorating. The importance of locking cars and not putting gifts in plain sight allowed Ballenger to deter poten- tial thieves by noting that City of Greer officers would be patrolling parking lots with both plainclothes and marked personnel. The Fire Department added segments on how to safely deep fry a turkey and the fire dangers involved with a dry Christmas tree. The positive stories have captured the attention of viewers. “We’ll have people ask us when we’re out what this week’s news story will be. They may say they saw us on the news and it was a great story,” Ballenger said. 24 Greer Fire Department Deputy Chief of Operations Josh Holzheimer has helped coordinate stories for the series.