LaSalle News Tribune | LaSalle, IL
 
close
Due to weather related issues, in some areas there may be delayed deliveries of your Monday issue of the NewsTribune.
If road conditions are severe enough, your delivery person may not be able to deliver your NewsTribune at all on Monday.
In this case, your Monday edition will be delivered with your Tuesday newspaper.
We ask you to be understanding for the safety of our carriers.

You can view Tuesday's newspaper online at http://newstribonline.com
 


home : news : local   May 29, 2016

4/25/2013 8:48:00 AM
Utica trustee Shelba Bimm dead at 74


Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter



Shelba Bimm, a longtime EMT and sitting Utica village trustee, died Wednesday following a short illness. She was 74.
Utica officials mourned the passing of one of the village’s most dedicated servants and a first-responder who worked tirelessly during a spate of recent disasters. Friends remembered she was visible and active following the 2004 tornado even though her home and business, The Doll House, both were damaged beyond repair.
She recently was honored with the Lifetime Service Award for 30 years of service to Utica.
“She was loved by many, dedicated to family, the EMS service and her faith in the life she led,” Utica fire chief Gary Gbur said in a press release.
“People always associated the Utica Ambulance with Shelba, and her record of administering compassionate care to those in time of need,” Gbur said. “She served as a mentor and role model for many of today’s active EMTs and paramedics and was always there to teach, guide and advise.”
Bimm’s reputation for selfless service helped her cruise to victory when she ran for Utica Village Board in spring 2011.
Running in a field of four, she was the top vote-getter with a 31-percent majority. She was characteristically modest in victory, saying she was surprised by the outcome despite her years of service to the electorate.
Mayor Fred Esmond said Bimm was personable and engaging during her brief stint on the village board.
“She was just a great lady,”  Esmond said. “She never had a bad word for anybody.”
Esmond acknowledged that her trustee’s seat would have to be filled by appointment, as Bimm left an unexpired term of nearly two years. He said he was unlikely to make an appointment in May, however, and would seek board input before filling the post.
Arrangements are pending through Burgess Funeral Home, Utica.


Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com.












Login to your account:
  Username:
  Password:
Remember me
Login reminder
  If you'd like to comment on this article, please log in or click here to subscribe.


 

Subscription Login
LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE






Starved Rock closes entrances briefly due to crowds
Updated: 5/29/2016 8:03:00 PM
Large, private garage collapses in La Salle
Updated: 5/29/2016 7:46:00 PM
Iraq veteran marching in Desert Storm memorial parade
A Memorial Day more than 128 years in the making
Juvenile taken to medical center after striking a train engine
Graveyard rejuvenation


Illinois Valley Events
<
May
>
SMTWTFS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        



Photo GalleryVideo LibraryMagazinesDealsAbout UsAP Terms of UseAdvertise With UsExtra Content


Copyright 2016 NewsTribune, LaSalle, Illinois. All rights reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved