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Winfield Town Marshal Dan Ball

Winfield Town Marshal Dan Ball. The town plans to hire a third full-time officer in 2018. 

WINFIELD — The Winfield Town Council has approved a 2018 budget that includes hiring an additional full-time police officer.

The additional hire would bring the town to three full-time officers under the town marshal's auspices. The town hired former Musnter and Kouts officer Dan Ball as its first town marshal in 2014. 

The town also plans to hire a part-time seasonal position for the public works department. Additional vehicles for the police and public works departments will be added as well.

The 2018 budget is $3.2 million, just slightly below 2017, according to Clerk-Treasurer Rick Anderson. The town's tax rate also is down about 3 percent from the previous year. 

In other police news, Ball announced that like other departments in the Region, Winfield Police will now have naloxone kits in their squad cars. Naloxone reverses the effects of opioid overdoses, including heroin. 

In other business, Jeremy Campbell, Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force chief, said his department received a $7,500 Crown Point Community Foundation grant to purchase a lifesaving LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System.

"This device is an automated CPR tool that goes over the patient, and it performs CPR way more consistent than a human being can do," he said. 

The device costs $15,000, and the department also received a matching grant of $7,500 from the Four Seasons Property Owner's Association. 

Campbell said 94 percent of patients revived with a Lucas have a positive outcome post-cardiac arrest.


Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.