Kettering officer says ‘gut feeling’ led to helping man who fell

Published: Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 11:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 6:53 AM

Kettering officer's 'gut feeling' saves man

The Kettering Police officer whose actions helped a man who fell spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday, saying he had a “gut feeling” something was wrong.

Officer Jonathon McCoy responded to an area around East Drive on Feb. 28 around 4:30 p.m. after someone found a dog.

McCoy looked at the dog’s tags and saw it was from a nearby address. No one answered the door to the home so McCoy began checking the doors and windows, according to a Facebook post from the Kettering Police Department.

“We were right in front of the owner’s house and took the dog in the backyard,” McCoy said. “There was some sort of gut feeling that I had. There were a couple of lights on inside the house and fresh food that wasn’t eaten completely.”

McCoy called for more officers and then began opening an exterior window to yell for someone in the home, according to the post.

At that point, the 60-year-old homeowner yelled that he had fallen, the post said. The homeowner gave McCoy the code to the garage door and McCoy made it inside, the department said.

The homeowner had fallen seven hours earlier and was unable to find his cell phone to call for help, the post said.

“The first thing he said to me was, ‘How did you know I was in here?’” McCoy said. “You never expect it but this job is full of surprises and that’s something you learn early on.”

The Facebook post has gone viral, having been viewed more than two million times.

“Off. McCoy chose to go above and beyond; he could have simply put the dog in the back yard and left. Instead, Off. McCoy chose to go the extra mile, which resulted in possibly saving this man’s life! Great job Off. McCoy,” the post said.

McCoy joined the Kettering Police Department in May 2015 and previously served on the Village of Cedarville and University of Dayton Departments, according to a release from the department when McCoy was hired.

“The public pays attention a lot to the negative things and rightly so,” Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman said. “Officers make mistakes and we have to answer for that. But for the most part, officers do a good job and I think this is just a very good example of them doing that.”

Attempts to reach the man McCoy helped were unsuccessful, but the department said officers were able to help him back up and he refused medical treatment.

Space heater causes mattress to catch fire in Dayton home

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 3:28 AM

UPDATE @ 4:07 a.m: A space heater being too close to a mattress was the cause of a fire on Adams Street in Dayton early Thursday morning.

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The heater caused the entire bedroom to catch fire in the one of the duplex apartments, according to officials.

Fire crews had no problem getting the fire out or removing residents from the structure.

All of the residents, with the exception of the individual who lives in the apartment where the fire started, were able to return.

The individual did reportedly suffer smoke inhalation as a result of the fire.

There is no word on damage estimates.


A medic has been requested to the scene of a fire in Dayton.

Initial reports indicate a mattress caught fire in a home on Adams Street around 3:11 a.m. Fire crews were able to quickly put the fire out.

A resident reportedly suffered smoke inhalation.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Floridians twerk for Trump during traffic jam he caused

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 4:08 AM

President Donald Trump waves to journalists as he leaves the White House with his family as they head to Mar-a-Lago in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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President Donald Trump waves to journalists as he leaves the White House with his family as they head to Mar-a-Lago in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

It’s never the wrong time to get your twerk on, according to a few Floridians.

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President Donald Trump and his family traveled to his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach for the Thanksgiving holiday. As with any official trip made by the First Family, the Trumps traveled from Palm Beach International Airport to the property via a motorcade.

While motorcades are usually uneventful, and attention is usually focused on the person being escorted, one person caught the moment some locals decided to make the best of the traffic jam caused by the president.

A video lasting just over half a minute showed two people exit a car and start to twerk on the highway.

While twerking is certainly nothing new, HuffPost noted car twerking took South Florida by storm earlier in the year as young people flocked to Miami for Spring Break.

A young bikini-clad woman was recorded hanging out of a vehicle, leg draped along the roof and twerking up a storm while her friend sped down MacArthur Causeway.

Health care provider fires 50 employees who refused to get flu shots

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 3:38 AM

Flu shot.
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Flu shot.(Ulrich Baumgarten/U. Baumgarten via Getty Images)

A health care provider in Minnesota fired 50 employees because they refused to get flu shots, KBJR reported.

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Essentia Health had imposed a Monday deadline for employees to get flu shots or receive an exemption for medical or religious reasons.

Since September, Essentia employees, volunteers, students and vendors had three choices: get a flu shot, show an approved religious or medical exemption, or leave the company, KBJR reported.

Essentia chief of patient quality and safety Dr. Rajesh Prabhu said the company wanted to increase patient safety and boost its 82 percent flu vaccination rate from 2016, which he said was not going to increase voluntarily.

“Purely voluntary or more education doesn't get you those high levels of immunization compliance and as you know other states, other health care organizations have done the same thing we have,” he told KBJR.

Prabhu said that as of Tuesday, 99.5 percent of employees have chosen the first two options, but 50 so far have been terminated with more left waiting to hear back on their exemptions.

Minnesota Nurses Association Duluth chairman Steve Strand said with so many employees in limbo, his union doesn't know how many members may have lost their jobs yet.

“We believe that they will be denying some of those, and then those individuals may end up terminated also,” Strand told KBJR.

But Strand said his association intends to fight any terminations for a policy they say is unnecessarily intrusive and may not even be effective. He cited Centers for Disease Control research showing this year's vaccine is expected to be 60 percent effective against the flu.

“The flu shot isn't a be-all end-all, it only has a certain efficacy,” Strand said.

Essentia said it stands by its mandatory policy.

"People may debate on how effective that is but based on what the level of evidence is and what our peers are doing, we thought this was the best way to protect our patients," Prabhu told KBJR.

Piqua police investigate armed robbery at Cassano’s Pizza King

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:45 AM

Piqua police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Cassano’s Pizza King Wednesday night.

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The incident occurred on Covington Avenue at Sunset Drive in Piqua around 8:50 p.m, according to a press release. 

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Police are asking to speak with two persons of interest in connection with the robbery who were captured on surveillance footage.

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