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Published: Monday, January 01, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
A Beavercreek man is closer to fulfilling his flying dream after winning an airplane from Wings of Hope, a nonprofit providing free medical air transports in the United States and humanitarian aid in developing countries.
Paviter Singh bought the winning raffle ticket to win the refurbished 1977 Cessna 150M, which was delivered two days before Christmas when it landed at the Greene County-Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport.
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Wings of Hope President and CEO Bret Heinrich flew in from St. Louis and presented the keys to Singh and his family.
“We are so grateful to Mr. Singh and everyone who supports our mission by participating in our raffles,” Heinrich said.
The Cessna, estimated to be worth $22,500, has had two previous owners and has been overhauled with new equipment, so maintenance won’t be a major concern for at least a few years, Singh said.
Singh, who owns Dayton-based trucking business Malwa Co. LLC, is working to earn his pilot license and has a hangar at the Moraine Airpark, where he plans to park the Cessna and continue his flight lessons.
The 42-year-old, who immigrated from India to the U.S. in 1995 and moved from Philadelphia to Beavercreek in 2011, said he plans to fly “just for fun.”
“It’s my dream to be a pilot. I love flying,” he said. “My family was so excited when I took them there.”
Singh said he first became aware of Wings of Hope and its annual raffle in 2016 when he signed up for a pilot’s magazine. That year, he bought three tickets, at $50 each, but didn’t win. This year, he bought more to increase his odds of winning — a total of six tickets at a cost of about $250.
“Wings of Hope are helping a lot of people out there. I want to continue to support them so they can help more people,” Singh said. “I really want to thank them. My dream just came true.”
Wings of Hope said 4,000 tickets were sold, raising about $170,000 for the nonprofit’s U.S.-based medical air transport program. The program transports seriously ill people to specialized medical care facilities free of charge, according to the organization.
“Wings of Hope offers relief to the suffering, hope to the hurting, and quite literally saves lives in the United States and 11 other countries around the globe,” Heinrich said. “We believe it is our duty, our calling, to help our fellow men and women in peril regardless of race, religion or creed, and we use airplanes to do so.”
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:44 PM
— U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, the physician to the president, released the particulars of President Donald Trump’s physical exam in an official report Tuesday. It was Trump’s first periodical physical as president and was conducted last Friday at the Walter Reed Army National Military Medical Center.
The results were released with the president’s consent, Jackson said in an official memorandum sent to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
At 6-foot-3 and 239 pounds, the 71-year-old president had a blood pressure reading of 122/74 and a resting heart rate of 68 beats per minutes.
Trump’s vision is 20/30, with a corrected visual acuity of 20/20, according to the report. His thyroid was normal, and there were no issues with his teeth or gums. There were no issues with his gastrointestinal system or his urinary tract, the report said.
The president’s past medical history includes hypercholesterolemia, a condition that is caused very high levels of cholesterol in the blood; and rosaccea, a common skin disease that is characterized by a person blushing or looking flushed more easily than other people.
Trump is currently taking several types of daily medication, Jackson wrote, including aspirin; Rosuvastatin to lower cholesterol; Finasteride to aid in the prevention of male pattern hair loss; Ivermectin to treat rosaccea when needed; and a multivitamin product.
Other than an appendectomy when he was 11, Trump has had no major surgery.
Jackson said the president’s overall health “was excellent,” helped in part because Trump does not drink or smoke.
“He continues to enjoy the significant long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol,” Jackson wrote.
Jackson did note that the president “would benefit” from a diet lower in fat and carbohydrates and also more exercise.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 8:58 PM
— U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson became physician to the president in 2013, when he was appointed by President Barack Obama. It’s a position that has been around since George Washington became president, but it did not become official until Congress created the title in 1928.
Jackson is the 18th person to hold the position, which is now part of the White House Military Office. His medical experience includes an overseas stint in Iraq, and he is qualified in submarine and hyperbaric medicine.
The 50-year-old was born and raised in Levelland, Texas, located in the western part of the state near the New Mexico border. He graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in marine biology, according to his biography. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he graduated in 1995 with a Doctor of Medicine degree.
Jackson then completed his internship at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Virginia and began active duty naval service in 1995. He returned to Portsmouth in 2001 to begin his residency in emergency medicine. He completed his residency in 2004, finishing at the top of his class.
In 2005 he joined the 2nd Marines, Combat Logistics Regiment 25 at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. He was then deployed to Iraq, where he served during Operation Iraqi Freedom as an emergency medicine physician based out of Taqaddum, Iraq.
While still serving in Iraq, Jackson was appointed a White House physician, serving on the staff of Air Force Brig. Gen. Richard Tubb. He was named the physician to the president in July 2013 and was retained when Donald Trump was elected president. That is an unusual step; typically, an incoming president selects a new physician to man the post.
In addition to Iraq, Jackson also has served in Norfolk, Virginia; Panama City, Florida; Pearl Harbor; and Sigonella, Italy.
Jackson has been awarded the Legion of Merit award and is a four-time winner of the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal. He has earned three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals and also was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal.
Jackson married Jane E. Annable in Galveston on Jan. 30, 1993. They now live in Silver Spring, Maryland, and have three children: Libby, Ben and Matthew.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 8:53 PM
XENIA — UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m.:
Federal Road remains shut down as a wrecker truck will work to flip the semi that had overturned in Xenia.
The scene will take at least a couple of hours to clear, but State Route 72 is open, OSP said.
According to OSP, the driver, a local man hauling machinery, hit a patch of snow and lost control of the semi.
He was trapped in the cab but was able to get out prior to the sheriff’s arrival.
He was not injured and will be cited with failure to control a vehicle, according to OSP.
UPDATE @ 8:02 p.m.:
Federal Road is shut down at Wilmington Road after a semi rig overturned leaving the driver trapped, according to Greene County Sheriff’s dispatch.
A semi driver is trapped after the rig overturned on state Route 72 at Federal Road, east of Xenia.
According to Greene County Sheriff’s dispatch, Crews were dispatched just before 7:30 p.m.
We’re hearing the driver is not injured, but needs help getting out of the cab.
We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 8:54 PM
DAYTON — Some drivers say they have a trick to keep from slipping and sliding in ice and snow -- they let some air out of their tires.
Experts say it can help, but it can also be dangerous.
Ralph Creamer of Dayton said it's a technique he started using years ago on the job.
"I answered calls and I lowered the tire pressure and that helped me out," Creamer told News Center 7’s Rachel Murray. "It gives you good traction and I would recommend it if the snow is deep enough."
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Under-inflation works by increasing the surface area of the tire - increasing the area where the rubber meets the road.
"If you deflate it, the center goes in and it makes the shoulders more pronounced as a footprint on the snow," said Mark Breining, manager of Grismer Tire in Dayton.
Breining cautions that low tires can be hazardous.
Low tires create too much tire sidewall flex which makes steering sloppy and it could ruin your tires.
"If a tire runs consistently below 25 percent of its recommended pressure, it is considered a run-flat over a period of time and should be replaced," said Breining.
The drag created by under-inflated tires will also hit you in the wallet by decreasing gas mileage.
If you are considering this tactic check with a professional first.