Kosciusko County Commissioner Ron Truex (L) presents the Veteran of the Month award to retired Air Force pilot Dale Borkholder. Photos by Jordan Fouts, Times-Union
Kosciusko County Commissioner Ron Truex (L) presents the Veteran of the Month award to retired Air Force pilot Dale Borkholder. Photos by Jordan Fouts, Times-Union
Dale Borkholder’s high school counsellor told him he couldn’t act on his dream to become a pilot  because no one from Bremen had ever been one before.
It was something Borkholder wanted to be even while driving a horse and buggy through the Amish community he grew up in, a dream ever since he got his first airplane ride at age 5.
“I said just watch me,” he recalled this morning during the Kosciusko County Commissioners meeting.
Borkholder, an Air Force pilot who served on active duty from 1965 to 1970, followed by another three decades on active reserve, was honored as the Veteran of the Month at the outset of the meeting.
His career included a tour in Vietnam from 1966 to 1970 and he became a lieutenant colonel by the time he retired from the Air Force. He also helped manage the Warsaw Municipal Airport and said this morning he has flown to every continent except Antarctica.
He flew a C-130 in Vietnam and A-10s later at Grissom Air Reserve Base, but it was his first ride, the T-38 supersonic trainer, he talked about this morning.
“From brake release to the time you climb to 30,000 feet is one minute,” he said. “It’s pretty quick.”
Later in the meeting, Pierceton resident Suzanne Kinney asked that treatment of her son in the Kosciusko County Jail be addressed. She said he has a heart condition but was not allowed to go to a doctor’s appointment Friday, which was necessary to get his prescription renewed and the batteries in his pacemaker replaced, because the jail did not schedule transportation.
She said earlier complaints either fell on deaf ears or received harsh replies, alleging that a deputy lieutenant told her, “If he dies, he dies, I don’t give a rat’s ass.”
Sheriff Rocky Goshert, who attended the meeting, said that was the first he had heard of it but agreed to speak with Kinney after the meeting and to look into the jail nurse’s records.
Also this morning, county 911 dispatchers Jessica Scheil, Tina Cook and Trina Gard were recognized for their response during a May 22, 2013, accident involving three Wawasee Community School Corp. buses. The dispatchers assisted in coordinating a second triage location for the students as well as three additional accidents involving eight vehicles shortly after the bus crash.
The three received the Teamwork Award from the National Emergency Number Association during the state conference in Indianapolis April 23.
Kosciusko County received the Tom Brindle Award. Kosciusko has become the first Public Safety Answering Point to develop incoming and outgoing text to 911 calls. In 2013, Kosciusko also updated its radio systems, implemented a new CAD and MCT platform, updated its recording system and improved its interoperability with surrounding agencies.
The nomination was submitted by INdigital.
And commissioners heard that repair of county bridge 18, over Tippecanoe River, may be delayed until next summer by order of U.S. Fish and Wildlife because the river is home to an endangered species of mussel.