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Shopper thanks Town and Country for medical help

Friday, September 23, 2011

Twice in one week, Town and Country supervisor Josh Rogers was called upon to help customers in medical distress in the Thayer grocery store. He said he enjoys living in the community and hopes to spread happiness with his Web site, FunnestPlaceintheWorld.com.
Although many people hesitate to get involved or don't know how to help when they see a stranger in a medical emergency, that's when Josh Rogers' instincts kick in.

Last week, the 30-year-old from Thayer was working at the service counter at Town and Country market when he heard a woman scream his name from one of the store's checkout lines.

The woman was customer Paula Williams, who was grocery shopping with her daughter and grandchild when she felt herself having a "bad seizure," the result of a brain tumor.

Williams does not remember calling out for Josh, but knows he came running with a wheelchair and caught her before she fell.

"I think he's an awesome kid," Williams said a few days after the incident. Rogers said he doesn't know why Williams called his name. He knows her only from the store, where he would chat with her in the checkout line, as they both were once disc jockeys.

"I literally dropped everything," Rogers said. "Oh, I almost forgot, I watched the baby, too."

Rogers, a Benton, Ark., High School graduate and Army veteran, has been at Town and Country in Thayer for three years, where he is a supervisor.

"I learned a lot of medical skills in the Army," Rogers said.

Rogers said that training included not just basic first aid and cardio pulmonary resuscitation, but also how to patch up soldiers on the battlefield until medical personnel arrived. Although he never had to do it, Rogers learned the technique for gathering intestines in a military rations bag to save a wounded soldier's life.

Rogers joined the Army at 18, and laughs as he recalls doing calisthenics outside at night.

"I would look up at the stars while I was doing sit-ups and wonder what my friends at home were doing," Rogers said.

After growing up near Little Rock, Ark., Rogers now loves living in the small town of Thayer. He has also found a new passion in creating videos for the Internet. In August, he toured the recently completed wastewater treatment plant in Thayer with Mayor Earl "Buddy" Rogers, no relation, and turned his visit into an eight-minute video for You Tube.

"I like the community. I like to live here," Rogers said of his reason for jumping in to save strangers and for making videos of Thayer.

Last year, Rogers designed and created a Web site called, "FunnestPlaceInTheWorld.com," where anyone can post fun pictures or videos of areas they consider interesting. Rogers, who screens each post, said he will not allow any mean submissions.

He earns no money from the site. It is merely a venue for people to have a laugh or feel good about the places they call home, he said.

Rogers said he has had a lot of fun making ghost videos in the Victorian house he rents at Third and Arch streets in Thayer.

"It's all about having a good time," he said.

Rogers said Williams called to thank Town and Country employees a few days after the incident in the checkout line. Williams said she appreciates the store's owners for training their workers to know how to react in emergencies.

"It's a great place to shop," Williams said. "It's nice to know there are still good people out there."

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Good job, Josh. I love your website

-- Posted by conventional1 on Wed, Oct 5, 2011, at 8:12 PM

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