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By BETSY BOLGER-PAULET
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 2, 2000
Lt. Shawn Tellone and firefighters Terry Costello, Jay Schmitt and Chris Vaughan recently competed with 24 other teams in the 14th annual Public Safety Diver National Championship in Orlando. The event was hosted by the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Dive teams were ranked on underwater navigational skills, search patterns, evidence recovery, rescue ability and personal watercraft rescue techniques.
Schmitt and Vaughan competed in the novice division because this was their first competition. They received a gold medal for the fastest time in performing a rescue swim, a silver medal for the best personal watercraft rescue response and a bronze medal for the anchor sweep search pattern. They are now eligible to compete in the next Masters Division competition.
Tellone and Costello competed in the Masters Division and garnered gold medals for the personal watercraft rescue, grid evidence search techniques and raising items off the bottom using lift bags. They also earned silver for the rescue swim and bronze for the underwater obstacle course.
In September, Patchington, a local clothing company, held its fifth annual Trade In Sale benefit and is now donating 7,350 articles of clothing for the local Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers.
During the trade-in event, customers who brought in quality used clothing received a credit toward the purchase of a comparable article of new clothing: $10 off a new top, $15 off a new bottom and $25 for every jacket or dress.
Since the benefit's inception, the Largo company has donated about 28,500 items to the Salvation Army.
Ruth and Emil Syko of Seminole recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a limousine ride to the Holiday Inn on Treasure Island for a dinner party hosted by their two children and their families.
The couple also is planning a trip to Aruba. They were married Oct. 8, 1950, at Greenbush Presbyterian Church, Blauvelt, N.Y.
They came here in 1986 from Blauvelt, where he retired after 34 years as a photographer with Lederle Laboratories, Pearl River, N.Y. She is a homemaker and worked as a teller for Marine Midland Bank of New York.
They have two children, Gale O'Brien, Bradenton, and Donald, Blauvelt, and two grandchildren.
He is a member of Cross Bayou American Legion Post 252, Seminole, and Holiday Isles Elks Lodge 1912, Madeira Beach.
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