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Image Spotlight: Jackie Muncy (kaglic/kiska)
By Nancy Polanski on April 19, 2010

From giant vegetables, to a moose in the backyard, to majestic mountains and Aurora Borealis....living in Alaska is an adventure! And this week's Spotlight is on someone who has lived there for over 30 years. Come along and meet Jackie...

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Imagekaglic
Apr 28, 2010 4:42 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
For a couple of years, we've been visited by a momma moose and her twins. The twins are now 2 years old and continue to visit.
Yesterday, April, 27th, four moose stopped by for a cool place to rest in the snow and munch on downed willow branches.

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aka Kiska at other sites
Imagekaglic
Apr 28, 2010 4:43 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
One of the four moose that spend some time in the yard yesterday.

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aka Kiska at other sites
Imagekaglic
Apr 28, 2010 4:44 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Momma moose~

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Imagekaglic
Apr 28, 2010 4:45 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Momma and twins at rest.

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Imagekaglic
Apr 28, 2010 4:46 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Time out~

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Imagenap
Apr 28, 2010 7:51 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Oh my goodness, my heart is in love! These little(?) twins are so adorable! Can you tell me about how close they come to your house? These wee darlings and their Momma look rather close, and relatively unconcerned about whether or not there are humans nearby.
Imagekaglic
Apr 29, 2010 12:11 AM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
I hadn't thought about that aspect, Nancy. The moose come very near to the house and even come onto the lower deck to munch the lilac and reach for the apple tree branches. The tree is in an enclosure, to keep them away.
The moose, just outside the window, is wanting the apple branches.

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aka Kiska at other sites
Imagenap
Apr 29, 2010 5:35 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Wow! Yup, that IS close!

I love all the wood in your home, but ~Oh My Gosh~ I really love that table! Is it hand-made? Or was it bought at a store?
Imagekaglic
Apr 29, 2010 8:15 AM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Thanks- As for the table, it's handmade. I purchased it at a local craft show a few years ago. The railing in front of the windows are of Diamond Willow. My husband and son collected, peeled and finished it.
These moose came upon the lower deck to see what had been leftover from summer plants.

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Imagekaglic
Apr 29, 2010 8:19 AM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Sharing time and space~

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Imagenap
Apr 29, 2010 11:06 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Excellent photos! thanks for posting them~
Imagekaglic
Apr 29, 2010 4:31 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
My pleasure~~
aka Kiska at other sites
Imageadinamiti
May 1, 2010 5:41 AM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
Balotesti, Romania
Great to see those moose again, Jackie! Thanks for sharing all those interesting information !
Nancy, great interview! You sure get almost everything out from Jackie! Thumbs up
Adina
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Imagenap
May 1, 2010 8:04 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
As much as I could think of, Adina. If you can think of anything I missed, feel free to ask her yourself, right here. Thanks for the comment!
ImageUniQueTreasures
May 3, 2010 7:32 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Oh Man oh Man!!!! Us normal folks put out bird food and get squirrels and birds. And if we're lucky, a possum might show up for entertainment. Jackie gets big honking moose (or is that meese? anyone know the plural of moose?) wandering around her yard. How cool is that???

Seriously though, thank you Jackie for sharing them with us. It's the only way I'll ever get to see any. And you sure do take great photos!
Imagekaglic
May 4, 2010 12:21 AM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Thanks so much~it is truely my pleasure to share my little part of the world through photos. Tonight, there is a lone moose in the yard eating the downed willow branches.
Moose, one more, remains, "moose". Seems odd that there is no plural.
A couple of years ago, this little moose made himself right at home in the garden.

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Imagenap
May 11, 2010 9:32 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Since the article posted, Jackie and I have Cmailed comments to each other, and I thought I would share them with you.

Recently I mentioned that I know someone who is thinking of a trip to Alaska, and Jackie wrote this:


"Mt. McKinley, when it's "out", is an awesome sight. It's visible from Anchorage, which is 200 miles distant. Summer weather generally keeps it under the clouds-most often visible during the winter.
Experiencing 24 hour daylight is cool, too. There are tour boat trips, out of Seward, (Ava's town), and Whittier. The Alaska Railroad experience is wonderful-river boat trips, in a jet boat out of Talkeetna, is not to be missed either.
It's been a nice day; a bit windy, but reached 50*F this afternoon."

And in response to a photo I sent her of some Spring blossoms, Jackie replied:

"It's overcast this morning, 36 degrees; no wind. The other morning I was listening to a radio station from Anchorage that features Master Gardener Jeff Lowenfeld. He put it well when he said that spring here, is not the same kind of spring experienced elsewhere. That spring here brings indoor "gardening"/ getting plants started, etc. He says Spring flowers elsewhere are summer flowers here. It's the first time I'd thought of that, in those terms. But, it's certainly correct. Not a thing in bloom nor leaves on trees so it's wonderful to see photos from all over featuring springtime flowers."




Imagekaglic
May 11, 2010 3:34 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
As of now, May 11; the leaves are open and the wild iris are a few inches tall. Spring green comes quickly once it starts.
aka Kiska at other sites
Imagenap
Jul 31, 2010 6:24 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
For all of you who have not heard about this, our Jackie is a heroine! She is to her husband especially. She proved she has a cool head during an emergency.

If you haven't already, please go read Sharon's article about Jackie and Frank, and the entire article from the Newspaper is transcribed below........

From the Anchorage Daily News.......

"Palmer dispatchers help save man's life
HEART ATTACK: Women told wife how to do CPR and directed crew to scene.

By K.T. McKEE
[email protected]

(07/29/10 21:47:37)

PALMER -- Emergency 911 dispatchers can go years without knowing for sure if their efforts actually helped save a life. They rarely get closure after giving instructions to panicked callers waiting for rescue crews.

Sunday night, however, Palmer Police dispatcher Hilary Schwarderer received a rare gift when she talked a Butte woman through CPR after her husband had collapsed from a heart attack on his front porch.

"It was pretty amazing," Schwarderer, 28, said Wednesday night, explaining that most of the 911 calls for cardiac arrest coming into their center do not have a happy ending.

"Sometimes you hear of patients getting their pulse back, but then they don't make it. But this one was different. The ambulance crew called me later and said he was conscious and alert when he arrived at the hospital. I had to unplug my headset and go walk around I was so excited."

After working as a dispatcher for three years, this was her first confirmed save, she said, adding that that was the department's 40th CPR call since Jan. 1.

"I feel like I can handle anything now," the 25-year Valley resident said.

Those feelings were echoed by Frank and Jackie Muncy, who now can look forward to celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary in November.

"Everything was in place for this to happen and to have a great outcome," Jackie Muncy said Thursday from the hospital while waiting for her husband to have a heart monitor installed before taking him to their home a couple of miles outside Palmer. "Frank has made such a recovery, it's incredible."

Frank Muncy, 67, a retired U.S. Department of Agriculture loan officer on rural development projects in the state, worked under Palmer City Manager Bill Allen for 10 years when they were both with the USDA. During that time, the two forged a close friendship that became apparent to the general public during Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Allen became choked up while announcing he's writing a letter of commendation for Schwarderer and her teammate Tanya Alston for helping save Muncy two nights before. While Schwarderer was on the phone with Muncy's wife as she began giving him 400 chest compressions, Alston was busy directing EMT crews to their home.

"I felt very blessed that I didn't lose a friend and that our employees played a major part in saving his life," Allen said Wednesday. "And it became a rude awakening for me since I'm only six months younger than him!"

Reached at the hospital Thursday after having a small heart monitor put into his chest, Muncy said he was very proud of his wife for maintaining her cool while trying to revive him.

"She's my rock," the grandfather of nine said. "She came through. She's a good wife and a good mother and a good grandmother, and she probably never thought she'd be able to do something like this."

The Muncys learned later that the survival rate for heart attack victims is only about 6 percent. Jackie Muncy said that if she had known that when she called 911, she probably wouldn't have been so calm.

"I didn't realize the severity of it at the time, I'll tell the truth," she admitted. "After awhile, he turned pasty white and his lips were blue, so I knew he was in bad shape."

Frank Muncy had not experienced any health issues before, so the last thing the couple expected was a heart attack, his wife said, adding that he was never a smoker or drinker and wasn't too much overweight.

So when her husband told her Sunday night his feet were "on fire" and that his hands felt like they were "stinging metal" and he went out into the cool night air on their porch in only his undershorts, she didn't know what to think.

"Right after he said he was feeling better, he passed out and fell backward onto the porch," she recalled. "I grabbed a blanket and pillow for him and he was beginning to come around and told me he should go to the hospital. So I was trying to help him stand up when I felt something change in his demeanor -- there was an extraordinary stillness in him. So I laid him back down and tried to get a response, but nothing."

Schwarderer said it was Jackie Muncy's calm reaction and step-by-step following of CPR directions that played a major role in bringing her husband back from death.

She said many times callers are unable to keep their panic in check and to listen to dispatchers well enough to save the victims.

"She did beautifully. She did everything she was supposed to," Schwarderer said. "I couldn't have asked for a better call."

Within six minutes, the Muncys' neighbors, both EMS volunteers with the Butte Fire Department, and other rescue personnel arrived on the scene to take over.

The Muncys found out later that Frank's right coronary artery was 70 to 80 percent blocked. Doctors installed a stint in the artery to keep it open, their daughter Carol Hushower said Thursday from the hospital.

"I've always loved my parents, but you come to realize how much you really need them when something like this happens," Hushower said. "I'm very proud of my mom. She really is a hero."



Dispatchers' tips

Here's what to do for increasing the chances of survival during a medical emergency:

• Call 911 only if there is an actual emergency. Palmer's main command center got more than 30,000 911 calls last year, a large portion of them for non-emergencies, tieing up the line, said dispatch supervisor Rebecca Frey.

• Keep clear directions to your house next to your phone.

• Learn basic CPR and first aid, but let dispatchers walk you through procedures even if you think you know the steps.

• Try to remain calm, but be aware every second counts.

• If more than one person is there, one person should give help while another holds the phone and relays instructions. "

• Although the impulse is to first make the patient comfortable with pillows, having him or her flat on the floor is better, especially if CPR is given. "

(Here's the link to the Anchorage Daily News article......... http://www.adn.com/2010/07/29/1387532/palmer-dispatchers-hel... )


[Last edited Jul 31, 2010 12:41 PM CST]
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Imagekaglic
Jul 31, 2010 12:16 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Thank you, Nancy~
We were fortunate to have this wonderful outcome-thanks, too, to the many whose thoughts and prayers helped us through.
Jackie
aka Kiska at other sites

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