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Candidate Kelvin Oliver Strikes Chord Regarding Public Safety

Homeowner says fire response time was twenty minutes, Fire Chief Angell said it was eight minutes

OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL – April 2, 2013 – Kelvin Oliver, candidate for Village President of Olympia Fields, in the midst of a heated homeowners presidents candidates forum, calmly conveyed residents concern over two Olympia Fields homes that were gutted by fire while waiting for a response from the Chicago Heights fire department, due to Olympia Fields not having their own.

Oliver’s comments were met with disdain by incumbent Myers-Martin who was adamant in her support of Chicago Heights Fire Chief James Angell statement that firefighters arrived at the emergency in eight minutes. However, homeowner and new father Brandon Petruszak, whose home on Greenwood was gutted by the fire, was in attendance, stood up and declared that he waited twenty minutes for firefighters to arrive, and that he was only recently able to return to his home after seven months.

Oliver was not laying blame at anyone’s feet, but simply suggesting that more efficient procedures be implemented regarding public safety, only to be verbally accosted by Myers-Martin’s husband Joe Martin at the end of the forum.

Oliver, whose campaign has built momentum due to his door-to-door campaign, has listened intently to constituents concerns and intends to be their voice. Together with outlining his platform that will benefit the community and provide better constituent services, Oliver was steadfast in his stance that things can and should be much better in Olympia Fields.

Oliver, currently an Olympia Fields Village Board Trustee for the past ten years, understands the problems that the village incurs, but can address and rectify and intends to expand the participation of the whole community in matters that they should have a voice.

Oliver has also been a youth baseball coach for over fifteen years, and has a great relationship with parents and children in the community. He is President of the Matteson-Olympia Fields Baseball(MOF) League for the past ten years, and a member of the Greater South Suburban Baseball League for past five years.

Oliver continues to receive support and endorsements from residents, parents, [friendsforkelvinoliver.org/endorsements.html], and concerned citizens and homeowners in addition to his endorsement from community leader Cheryl Monique Coleman, PTO Arcadia/Indiana Elementary Schools, and Rich Township High School District 227 School Board Member.

Kelvin Oliver is an Olympia Fields Village Board Trustee and a youth baseball coach for over fifteen years. He is President of the Matteson-Olympia Fields Baseball (MOF) League for the past ten years, and a member of the Greater South Suburban Baseball League for past five years. He and his wife, Pamela Oliver, have raised three children in Olympia Fields.

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