Anna Council honors 3 following near drowning

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
Anna Mayor Nate Pike was joined by his wife Lacey and their children Peyton and Addison during the May 11 City Council meeting.  He and councilman Kevin Toten were both officially sworn in after recently being re-elected.

The Anna Police and Fire Departments jointly recognized three residents for their heroic actions during a February near-drowning incident. On the morning of Feb. 24, officers were dispatched to the park at Lakeview Estates after a two-year-old child fell into the water.  

Anna residents Linsey Low and Sara Sheen rescued the child, who was floating face up.  Another witness, Paige O’Connor then successfully performed CPR on the child.  By the time first-responders arrived, the child was conscious and breathing

“It’s apparent that without the quick actions of Ms. Sheen, Ms. Low and Ms. O’Connor, the outcome of this incident could have been tragic,” Anna Police Chief Dean Habel said.

All three women received an Outstanding Public Service Award

Anna Earns Safe Cities in Texas Designation

Chief Habel also reported to the council that Anna has earned a “Safest Cities in Texas” designation from SafeWise for 2021.  The designation means that Anna has been deemed one of the 50 safest cities in the state based on property and violent crime rates. According to SafeWise’s methodology, Anna ranks 43rd.

“While crime rates are not always the best method to use for city by city comparisons, we will certainly take a low one along with a safest city designation,” Habel said. “I want to thank the men and women in the Anna Police Department who work extremely hard every day in an attempt to keep criminal activity to a minimum in our city.”

Pike and Toten Sworn In

Mayor Nate Pike and Place 1 councilman Kevin Toten were joined by loved ones as they were officially sworn in for new terms in office.  Both handily won re-election to their respective positions on May 1. 

Pike says that his daughter Addison asks him every night if he’s going to have a meeting. On this night, he told her that not only did he have a meeting, but she got to participate.