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NEWS Thursday, May 28, 2015 Hei By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Airway Heights residents finally have a water feature that can cool them off during those hot and dry summer days. Residents flooded to Sunset Park as the city. of Airway Heights had the grand opening for the Rotary Splash Pad last Saturday. The splash pad, locat- ed next to the CXT restroom on Lawson Street, is one of the new features that went into the park this past year. The splash pad was a joint effort between Airway Heights and the Ro- tary Club of Spokane West that started in 2012. "John Packard came to me and we discussed this type of project," Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director J.C. Kennedy said. "John wants to spread the 'thanks' but the city can't thank him enough for time and effort he's put into this project." Moments before activating the splash pad, Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing thanked the Rotary Club for their generosity. "A feature like this provides some- thing for residents for years to come," Rushing said. "John and the Rotary Club really took the bull by the horns ry club open spl Photo by AI Stover Rotary Club of Spokane West president John Packard (right) and three children from Airway Heights, wait to activate the splash pad during its grand opening. and made this happen. This is a great for residents to cool off. It also gives thing for the city:" fami!ies a safe place to bring their chil- Packard, Rotary Club of Spokane dren and interact with other residents West president, explained the club saw without having to leave the city. the need for Airway Heights to have a "They have splash pads in Spokane water feature like a splash pad as a way and some in Coeur d'Alene, but there at Sunset was nothing out here until now." Pack- ard said. "This is really a celebration for the kids. This isn't just something for the summer. The splash pad will be in service for many years and many generations." The Rotary Club spent over a year raising funds to purchase the equip- ment. Packard recognized the various local companies that donated their time, resources and money, includ- ing Spokane's Seabee Veterans of America, Local Island Six, Numerica Credit Union, WM Winkler Compa- ny, Avista Foundation and Spokane Industries. In addition to providing residents with a water feature, the project also saved Airway Heights $169,000 in equipment, construction and installa- tion costs. After the splash pad opened and children began running through it, Kennedy and his staff weye several feet away, serving food. "When we started this project years ago, this was the vision that I had," Kennedy said. "We've been waiting for something like this for a long time." AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Ericka is Airway Heights Police Department's newest officer By AL STOVER Staff Reporter There's a new officer in Airway Heights and her name is Ericka Rose. Staff, public safety personnel and family filled the City Council chambers as Rose was sworn into the Airway Heights Police Depart- ment during a ceremony, May 20. "The feeling is sur- real," Rose said after she received her badge. "I'm still waiting to wake up from this dream." For Rose, who was born and raised in Spo- kane, becoming a police officer was her dream since she was a child. "When I was a kid and we'd play 'cops and robbers,' I never wanted to be the bad guy," Rose said. ""I would always see law enforcement in the community and say 'that's what I want to do when I grow up." Prior to coming to Airway Heights, Rose worked for Gonzaga Photo by AI Stover Ericka Rose reads the oath of office while being sworn into the Airway Heights Police Department. Campus Public Safety and Security. She said working for Gonzaga al- lowed her to meet people from all "walks of life." "It's a supportive least we were able to keep Bennett said. "We had like Airway Heights is community and a good the personnel we have a lot of good applicants my home." starting block for me," and provide the same but she rose above theCity Manager Albert Rose said. "They were Service to the city." rest. You'll be seeing her Tripp was one of several very supportive of me Seventeen candidatesaround." staff members who wel- when I wanted to come applied for the vacant po- While the various corned Rose to the city to Airway Heights." sition. Bennett said Rose tests, which included a during her swearing-in The Airway Heights almost maxed out her polygraph exam, were ceremony. Police Department was physical ability test and stressful, Rose felt that "Today is a culmina- able to hire a new officer had one of the highestshe already belonged to tion in a long journey," following the retirement scores on the written test the Police Department Tripp said. "Ericka's of code enforcement of- the department has hadand the community, dream was to become a ficer Steve Makar. Of- from an applicant. "Chief Bennett and Sgt. police officer and it's ex- ricer Curtis Tucker was "Her answers on the (Robert) Swan made me citing to be a part of that promoted to Makar's oral interview were fan- feel so welcome duringdream." position, whichleft a hole tastic and we thought the application process," AI Stover can be reached in the department. 'she'll be a good fit,'" Rose said. "I already feel at al@cheneyfreepress.com. "We were able to hire because of attrition," Po- [ .__ .VIkSIOFtH d S l lice Chief Lee BennettI OPTOMETRV i said. We re stillworking [ iNo vision Insurance? No Problem! l on hiring two more offi- sk about our Vision Haus Savings Cub. I cers, but that will cost the I i?w _2 r._20li'l Eye EXams- Glasses. Contacts I city close ,to $100,000. At ....... @~a- i# in Cheney 18671st St C N E /4 A [] [] [] [] AIRWAY HEIGHTS 10 Screens! 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