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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

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