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NEW EMA DIRECTOR STARTS: Heflin a hero and academic

July 24, 2014

Currently in his 27th year of working in public safety, Heflin has received degrees in homeland security and public safety, and bioscience. He is currently in the final stages of completing his third degree — applied science in emergency management.

COLUMBIA CITY — Charles Heflin still remembers the sounds of the approaching sirens and howling winter winds as paramedics made their way to the cemetery. Close to his chest, he held the infant, the near lifeless four-day-old child that was abandoned. “I was working as a supervisor for a cable company in Urbana, Ill.,” said Heflin. “I heard over my radio that emergency dispatch had received an anonymous call from a woman reporting she had abandoned her four-day-old infant in a cemetery. “

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