Alabama native receives key to the city

Brandie Richardson @B_lifestyles
Sue Ellen Manzingo was presented a key to the city on May 10 for rescuing a resident from flooded waters.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan presented a key to the city to Sue Ellen Manzingo during the May 10 council meeting for her bravery in rescuing a woman trapped in her vehicle in flood waters on May 1.

The woman rescued, Penela Skinner, was on her way home from church when her car stalled in the high waters on St. Patrick St. Manzingo saw someone trapped in the car and went into the water to rescue her.

The Alabama native, who is five-foot-two, said the water was relatively high, as it was up to her shoulders.

"It's amazing to think about the courage of this young lady to go in for somebody she don't know, who has no ties to this community," Sullivan said. "She went out and risked her own life in a sense in order to save another persons life."

Captain Rick Bergeron from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office gave the monthly report. During April there was 525 service calls, 110 adult arrests, 102 traffic citations, 51 alarm calls, 43 vehicle accidents, 32 thefts, 11 juvenile arrests and three burglaries.

Assistant Fire Chief James McDonnell gave the fire report for the month of April. During the month there were 76 EMS calls, five false alarms, two structure fires, one grass fire and one hazardous condition.

An ordinance was passed authorizing the City of Donaldsonville to borrow, not exceeding, $3,156,000 of Taxable Sewer Revenue Bonds.