Horn announces May office hours in Montrose

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that May office hours are scheduled for the 32nd Senate District.

Horn will be available to meet with constituents at the following date, time and location:

Monday, May 9

Noon – 2 p.m.

Montrose-Jennings Library

241 Feher Drive

Montrose, MI 48457

Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Horn, please visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call 517-373-1760.

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Horn Hometown Tours: Saginaw Fire Department

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn recently returned to Saginaw to continue his Hometown Tour series.

Horn spent the day with Station One of the Saginaw Fire Department learning how to use the equipment, doing training exercises with the crew, and exploring the daily duties of an on-duty firefighter. Station One houses 51 full-time firefighters with 13 on duty at all times. Before becoming a firefighter, trainees must complete 260 hours of training.

“This is the first job I’ve done where I was not only required to get dressed and ready within a certain time limit, but practiced doing so as well,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “The firefighters’ gear is always lined up and ready to go in preparation for the next call. They have this down to a science and are ready in a matter of seconds. During the drills, I was still lacing up my gear and they were dressed and already heading toward the truck.”

After running some drills getting dressed, sliding down the pole from the loft, and other preparation needed in the event of a call, Horn took a brief tour of Station One’s vehicle inventory.

“Each vehicle has a specific purpose, from boats to the smaller fire engines,” Horn said. “What I found to be most impressive was the ladder truck. It has an on-board, 500-gallon water tank and a ladder capable of reaching 100 feet with a spray nozzle on the end. So, not only can they rescue someone trapped in a high-rise, they are also capable of spraying water from up there.”

After completing the introduction to the various equipment on site, the team then gathered in the ladder truck and departed for the training grounds. SFD has property within city limits that they use to conduct training exercises such as ladder use, practice working on pitched roofs and vehicle extractions. They also have a large tower they use to practice running hoses and bucket extractions with the ladder truck.

Once the training exercises on the tower were completed, Horn then moved to the opposite side of the property for the last leg of the tour: The Jaws of Life.

“I’d have to say my favorite part of this particular tour was the vehicle extractions,” Horn said. “Shattering glass with an axe and operating a piece of equipment that clipped and sheered through car doors like a tin can was certainly an exciting experience.”

Horn also noted how important it is for the community to know how extremely prepared the firefighters at SFD are.

“I think it’s great for the community to see this,” Horn said. “Firefighters are the first responders in many emergency situations, not just fires. They remove people from wrecked cars, people who are locked out of their house, people who are trapped inside something, and the list goes on. Giving the community an inside look as to what these folks do on a daily basis and the constant training and state of readiness that they are in should really inspire confidence among the community.

“I want to thank everyone involved in this visit for not only showing me a great time, but a valuable learning experience as well. A special thanks to Aileen Pettinger for organizing the visit, Battalion Chief Tom Raines for allowing the visit to happen, Matt Koch and Steve Orloff for assisting me with the drills and lastly, Captain James Champney for the incredible meal at the end of the tour.”

For video of this and previous tours, click here.

Horn’s Hometown Tours feature various communities in the 32nd District. If you are interested in having Horn visit, please contact his office at (517) 373-1760, toll-free at (855) 347-8032 or by email at SenKHorn@senate.michigan.gov.

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PHOTO 1 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, and Lt. Aileen Pettinger (right) round up the gear Horn would be needing for the day’s training.

PHOTO 2 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, and Engineer Bob Weaver make their way to the top of the training tower in the department’s ladder truck.

 

PHOTO 3 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stops for a photo with members of Saginaw Fire Department after training exercises with the Jaws of Life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor signs Horn bill dedicating section of Interstate 75 to fallen Navy SEAL

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands with the family of Navy SEAL and Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator John Marcum as Gov. Rick Snyder signs Senate Bill 51 into law — officially designating a portion of highway I-75 in Genesee County to be known as the “John Wayne ‘Dusty’ Marcum Memorial Highway.”

“It was an honor and a truly humbling experience to work on this legislation,” Horn said. “John was a true American hero and this small gesture will serve as a reminder of the courage and honor he served with on a daily basis.”

Horn also extended a special thanks to Marcum’s close friend Jim Johnston for bringing the issue to his attention and recommending the legislation.

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Photo Caption: State Sen. Ken Horn poses for a photo with Marcum’s sister Kaylee, her husband Dave and their two children Grace and Carter Pierle as Snyder signs Senate Bill 51 into law as Public Act 39 of 2016.

Sen. Horn welcomes Saginaw pastor to Capitol for Senate invocation

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed the Rev. Douglas Jackson and his wife Kathy to the state Capitol on Thursday. Jackson serves as pastor at Community Baptist Church in Saginaw and delivered the invocation before Senate session.

Editor’s Note: A print-quality photograph of Horn welcoming Thursday’s guest is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at www.SenatorKenHorn.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

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Horn announces April office hours in Birch Run

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that April office hours are scheduled for the 32nd Senate District.

Horn will be available to meet with constituents at the following date, time and location:

Friday, April 22

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fleschner Memorial Library

11935 Silver Creek Drive

Birch Run, MI 48415

Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Horn, please visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call 517-373-1760.

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Horn Hometown Tours: Flushing Community Schools

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn continued his Hometown Tour series recently with a stop in Flushing for an inside look at Flushing Community Schools. Horn spent the morning touring various locations in the school district meeting administrators, educators, and students.

Beginning at Central Elementary, one of Flushing’s four elementary schools, Horn, R-Frankenmuth, met with Mrs. Brecht’s fourth grade class, spoke with students about his role as a senator, and took questions from the group.

“The kids seemed very interested,” Horn said. “It was great to get their young minds thinking about what role government should play in their life. They may grow up to hold very different beliefs than my own, but getting them thinking about their civic duty is a great privilege.”

While at Central Elementary, Horn visited Mrs. Lacy’s second grade classroom and spoke with her students as well. In honor of March is Reading Month, he also read the Dr. Seuss classic, “A Wocket in my Pocket.”

“The objective when I visit a classroom of younger students, especially during March, is to focus on the importance of reading and the great benefit it can have on their lives,” Horn said. “It was a great experience to share with them stories of how I used to read with my children and tell them about my kid’s favorite stories. March is always one of favorite times to visit classrooms.”

After completing his visit to Central Elementary, Horn traveled to Flushing Middle School (FMS) where he was greeted by FMS Principal Andrew Schmidt and given the visit’s itinerary.

While at FMS, Horn visited both Mrs. Jaggers’ seventh grade social studies class and Mrs. Wykes’ eighth grade American History class to discuss the benefit and importance of a politically involved populous. Students also had the opportunity to ask questions relating to the life and responsibilities of being a state senator.

“As I have said before, the main message I try to convey to students is that a knowledgeable electorate is essential to successful government operation,” Horn said. “Being involved in government, on all levels, is a right and a duty that we all have — and it is an interest we need to instill into younger generations.”

Visiting classrooms was not the only thing on the senator’s agenda, however. Horn also assisted FMS cafeteria workers in serving lunch, and conducted an interview with students in the middle school’s media room.

After leaving the middle school, Horn made one final stop at Flushing High School to speak with Mrs. Taylor’s government class.

“These are students who are coming close to the end of their academic career at Flushing,” Horn stated. “It was great to discuss with them some of the next steps they are all going to be taking. These kids are the ones who are directly seeing the impacts of what we do in government. They are concerned about their future, the cost of college, and the things they need to be doing in order to be successful — it was my pleasure to discuss the role government will play in these endeavors, as well as the role they think government should play.

“I want to thank all who were involved and worked to make this visit possible,” Horn said. “A special thanks to Matt Shanafelt, who had his hand in this whole tour, Lisa McNally at Central Elementary for directing me to each location, middle school Principal Andrew Schmidt, and high school Principal Jason Melynchek for facilitating my visits to their respective schools.

“I also want to thank each of the teachers who let me speak with their students, the lunchroom staff at the middle school, and the two young ladies who interviewed me in the media room. It was an absolute pleasure to meet with the folks who give Flushing Community Schools its reputation.”

For video of this and previous tours, click here.

Horn’s Hometown Tours feature various communities in the 32nd District. If you are interested in having Horn visit, please contact his office at (517) 373-1760, toll-free at (855) 347-8032 or by email at SenKHorn@senate.michigan.gov.

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Editor’s note: A print-quality copy of each photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting www.SenatorKenHorn.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

 

PHOTO 1 CAPTION: Flushing Middle School student Maddie Kranz interviews State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, in the middle school broadcast room as Kennedy Hobson films the discussion.

PHOTO 2 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, reads Dr. Seuss’ “A Wocket in my Pocket” to Mrs. Lacy’s second grade class during his visit to Central Elementary.

 

PHOTO 3 CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, discusses the responsibilities and duties of being in the Legislature with Mrs. Brecht’s fourth grade class at Central Elementary.