First responders prepare for the Runnin O' the Green
As the 36th annual Runnin O’ the Green on March 15 draws near, area first responders are gearing up for one of their busiest days of the year.
“We’ll staff three full-time crews at all times,” said Nancy Miller, Jamestown Area Ambulance business manager. “We’ll have four trucks — three crews here and one crew on call.”
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The run begins at the Frontier Fort and finishes at Shady’s with stops at The Buff, Knights of Columbus, Elks, Wonder Bar Sports Bar, Corner Bar, Los Molcajetes, Office Bar & Lounge and the All Vets Club. Proceeds from the registration fees will go to local cancer patients and Elks Camp Grassick.
Miller said she had some interesting stories about ambulance calls from the run, but could not share them because it would be a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violation. She does advise people to stay hydrated during the event.
“Make sure you drink lots of water and just stay safe — watch traffic,” she said.
Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger said the only police officers who won’t be working that day are the detectives who are not scheduled to be in on March 15. Working in shifts, at one time there will be as many as 16 officers working that day.
“The entire department will be working at some point during the day,” he said. “There will be plainclothes officers, there will be uniformed officers on the street, sheriff’s department will have people working virtually all of the off-duty security details that get requested that day. The sheriff’s department will have extra people out and the Highway Patrol also has extra people that day.”
Edinger guessed there were about 65 arrests and citations made during last year’s Runnin’ O’ the Green, but the event had fewer attendees due to the weather.
“The numbers were way down obviously because of the cold, especially compared to the year before where it was almost 70 degrees,” he said. “Usually our arrests consist of a couple of disorderly conducts. There might be a fight or two, but most of them (arrests) are urinating in public and open container, some littering.”
Edinger asked that people refrain from carrying open containers of alcohol outside of designated areas, and there will be plenty of portable restrooms and garbage cans out along the route and near establishments taking part in the run.
“Just be patient with the crowds and be careful where you’re walking,” he said. “Don’t stumble out into traffic. We’ve had a really safe event every year so far, and we really don’t want to change that.”
Sun reporter David Luessen can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org