Huber Heights dedicates fire station


Firefighters awarded for February rescue

By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division awarded several Firefighters/Paramedics for their actions during a fire and rescue in February. Pictured left to right is Roger Dilts, Glen Brandenburg, John Russell, Steve Dow, Branden Fraley, Brian Koss, Mike Wall, and Mark Lynn.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

HUBER HEIGHTS — The long-awaited Huber Heights Fire Station 25 was dedicated on Friday afternoon with a crowd of current and retired firefighters, elected officials, and members of the public on hand to celebrate.

Fire Chief Mark Ashworth used the occasion to award members of the department citations related to a fire in early 2016 and to swear in five new firefighters.

The fire station became operational in late November. City Manager Rob Schommer said the station is a sign of the city’s growth.

“The dedication of this fire station is symbolic of two things,” said Schommer. “The first is its dedication to public safety, keeping the community safe, which is the core of every community. It’s also symbolic of the growth of the community. This is the first station that has been added since the city’s inception in 1981 and by needing it and the citizens supporting the station it is a sign of the growth and stability of the city.”

Air Force Captain Nathan Dirks presented Ashworth with a flag flown in his aircraft over Afghanistan.

“This is a token from the community for what they do,” said Dirks. “I live just a few blocks over, I know what these guys do is important. I started off my career volunteering with a fire department while I was waiting on training and saw what those men and women did so firefighting has always been a personal thing for me.”

Prior to the dedication, Firefighters Adam Temple, Tyler Mangas, Ryan Elfritz, Neal DeFluri, and Travis Dafler were sworn in and had their badges pinned on in a traditional ceremony.

Afterwards, awards were given to several firefighters and paramedics stemming from their actions at a fire in the 6500 block of Hemingway Drive in Huber Heights in February 2016.

During the fire, three victims were removed from the house under “severe fire and smoke conditions” according to Ashworth.

Investigation determined that the fire started in the second floor living room which cut off the family’s escape routes.

“911 recordings not only captured the initial call from the trapped mother but also recorded the chilling life and death struggle during the fire including the time crews entered the house searching for the family,” Ashworth said.

One of the three victims, 10-year old Tabitha Whetstone, died from her injuries. Her mother and brother, aged 4, made a complete recovery despite their critical condition.

“As a Fire Chief I identify that many people assisted with the rescue of the family but give recognition to all of the crews from the Huber Heights Fire Division for their efforts and remaining focused on the primary mission in locating all three victims,” said Ashworth.

Receiving the Huber Heights Fire Medal of Valor for entering, searching and successfully removing three victims from a burning structure fire werre Firefighter/Paramedics Mike Wall, Mark Lynn, and Chris Warrick.

Receiving the EMS Life Saving Medal for their actions in treating all three victims, successfully reviving all three at the scene and/or during the transport to the hospital were Lt. John Russell and Firefighter/Paramedics Steve Dow, Branden Fraley, Brian Koss, and John McDonagh.

Receiving the Company Citation were Battalion Chief Mike Muhl, Lt. Andy Rammel, Lt. Jeff Gallagher, and Firefighter/Paramedics Roger Dilts and Glen Brandenburg. Receiving the Award of Merit was Battalion Chief Keith Knisley.

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/12/web1_Fire1.jpgThe Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/12/web1_Fire2.jpgThe Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/12/web1_Fire3.jpgThe Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/12/web1_Fire4.jpgThe Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/12/web1_Fire5.jpgThe Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/12/web1_Fire6.jpgThe Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division awarded several Firefighters/Paramedics for their actions during a fire and rescue in February. Pictured left to right is Roger Dilts, Glen Brandenburg, John Russell, Steve Dow, Branden Fraley, Brian Koss, Mike Wall, and Mark Lynn.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/12/web1_FireAwards.jpgThe Huber Heights Fire Division awarded several Firefighters/Paramedics for their actions during a fire and rescue in February. Pictured left to right is Roger Dilts, Glen Brandenburg, John Russell, Steve Dow, Branden Fraley, Brian Koss, Mike Wall, and Mark Lynn. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

The Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/12/web1_Huber-Fire-House-1.jpgThe Huber Heights Fire Division dedicated its new Station 25 on Friday. The station is located at 9975 State Route 202 in Tipp City. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media
Firefighters awarded for February rescue

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

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