57 years of saving babies

A person’s first thought upon landing in jail is how to get out, not stay in.

On Saturday Feb. 9, 2013, local residents and community leaders were arraigned and convicted before being placed behind bars at the 57th annual March of Dimes Jail and Bail in Port Huron.

St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon brought the prisoners before St. Clair County Prosecutor Mike Wendling for arraignment, and St. Clair County Assistant Senior Prosecutor Mona Armstrong set their bail.

According to March of Dimes Division Director Cathy Martinek, the 2013 event raised over $143,000.

Steve Webb (27) of Port Huron is the longest serving “prisoner” of Port Huron’s jail and bail. According to Webb, he served as the Port Huron event’s goodwill ambassador from 1986-1988.

Webb stated that prisoners are jailed on trumped up charges and “serve” time until they raise enough donations for release. “I’ve always come to Jail and Bail; it is an absolute blast” said Webb.

Webb said he liked knowing where funds raised go. “Over 70% of the money raised stays here in St. Clair County” said Webb. Aside from monies staying local, there are volunteers required to carry out such an event.

Pediatrician Dr. Dan Wilhelm, of Clyde Township, serves as medical director of the Port Huron March of Dimes. Wilhelm said volunteering at community events such as the Jail and Bail are great ways to become involved in local communities. Wilhelm volunteered to man phone lines at the event because he believes everyone should volunteer and give back. “In this day and age we are all stewards of healthcare dollars,” said Wilhelm.

Likewise, SC4 Adjunct Instructor and WPHM AM 1380 radio talent Paul Miller donates time, not just because his radio station is involved, but for a different reason. According to Miller, everyone knows someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by premature births.

Miller said his own daughter, born prematurely, weighed 5 pounds at birth. “Now she is a healthy 11 yr. old. She was able to come home after 48 hours,” said Miller.

 

Twana Pinskey

Staff Writer

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