Daughter: Fairborn firefighters saved ‘the rock of our family’

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 10:03 AM
Updated: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

            Fairborn Fire Department personnel respond to a drill at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in this 2015 file photo. Six of the department’s personnel received Life Saving Award ribbons for their response to a January 2017 incident. CONTRIBUTED
Fairborn Fire Department personnel respond to a drill at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in this 2015 file photo. Six of the department’s personnel received Life Saving Award ribbons for their response to a January 2017 incident. CONTRIBUTED

Bobby Evans’ heart attack struck in mid-January — his third in two months.

“He did not have a heartbeat,” said Gene Thomas, a Fairborn firefighter, who with five other Fairborn Fire Department personnel arrived on scene Jan. 12, revived Evans, and saved his life.

For their actions, they have each received Life Saving Award ribbons.

“It was a blur that day,” said Polly Fraver, Evans’ daughter. “You don’t know what it was like to pull in and see dad there, and see all you guys working on him.”

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart because he is the rock of our family,” Fraver said.

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The firefighters provided advanced lifesaving techniques to revive Evans, who survived to thank the firefighters and paramedics during the ceremony.

“They are wonderful people,” Evans said. “Wonderful.”

Evans spent several weeks in the hospital and was released on the birthday of his other daughter, who died almost 20 years ago.

“She wasn’t ready for him to be there yet, so she sent him back home,” Fraver said.

Each of the first responders received the Life Saving Award ribbon for the second time, according to the department, with the exception of Thomas, who is a four-time recipient. The ribbon was presented during a March 7 ceremony to Thomas, Manfred Rembold, Nate Fisher, Seth Johnson, Les Jeffers and Scott Schockman.

“We see a lot of tragedy, a lot of loss,” said Thomas. “So when we have a win like this, it’s great all the way around.”

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NewsCenter 7’s Kate Bartley contributed reporting.

Fire causes significant damage to Dayton house

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 8:41 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Dayton fire fighters are battling a house fire on Anna

UPDATE @ 9:35 a.m. 

Investigators believe a fire that significantly damaged a house on Anna Street in Dayton is suspicious. 

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Firefighters responded to the house in the first block of Anna Street around 8:30 a.m. and reported seeing heavy smoke from the structure. 

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The fire was contained to the second floor of the structure but did cause significant damage. 

Firefighters said the house is vacant and the fire is considered suspicious. 

No injuries were reported. 

UPDATE @ 9:10 a.m. 

Firefighters continue to work to extinguish a house fire that broke out in the first block of Anna Street in Dayton Wednesday. 

There have been no initial reports of injuries and it is unknown if the house is occupied. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.


Firefighters have responded to a reported house fire in the first block of Anna Street in Dayton Wednesday morning. 

Crews were dispatched around 8:30 a.m. and reported smoke coming from the second floor of the structure. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

Xenia Council votes 5-1 in favor of CSU pre-annexation deal

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

With one member dissenting, Xenia City Council approved a pre-annexation agreement with Central State University, one of the required components in the city's petition to bring the university into the city's corporate limits.

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The pre-annexation agreement spells out the first of three phases for the annexation to be implemented and what services the city will provide to the university. 

The city owns approximately 41 acres of the Ohio to Erie Trail, which is "contiguous" with about 4.5 acres of state land that is used by CSU, and that meets the requirements for a Type 2 annexation, according to the agreement. 

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A Type 2 annexation has been referred to as a balloon-on-a-string annexation, in which a municipality leverages a small strip of land to acquire a large tract of property.

Councilman Dale Louderback does not support the push to annex the university and voted "no" on the pre-annexation agreement. 

Louderback said the city stands to gain only $158,000 in added annual income tax revenue, and Xenia taxpayers will have to pay more on water bills to accommodate the loss in the 20 percent surcharge the university is currently paying for water and sewer services from the city. 

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"People think I'm anti-CSU. I'm not anti-CSU. I represent the taxpayers of Xenia. I just don't think it's a good business decision," Louderback said. 

The pre-annexation agreement states that the city and the university "shall cooperate with each other in the proposed annexation," including signing and filing the appropriate petitions with the Greene County Board of Commissioners.

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The agreement states the city will provide a host of services to the university: fire protection and inspection; EMS and law enforcement services; engineering staff; parks and recreation programming; street maintenance; and water/sewer services. 

Council members also approved a memorandum of understanding regarding police services to the university. The memorandum states the university will continue to maintain its own police force and the city will provide mutual aid as requested.

Earthquake insurance: Something you may want to consider

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:08 AM

The devastating earthquake in Mexico City may have you thinking about the earthquake risk in the Miami Valley and whether or not your home and belongings are covered by insurance.

In general, most standard homeowners insurance policies do not include earthquake coverage, according to the Ohio Insurance Institute. 

The cost of coverage depends on your home’s location, what it is made out of, deductibles, and your insurer. 

Earthquake insurance is calculated on a “per $1,000 coverage” basis, and coverage for wood-frame structures is typically cheaper, according to the OII.

In Ohio, the cost for earthquake insurance is about 25 cents per $1,000 on a wood frame home and 47 cents per $1,000 of coverage on a brick home. 

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There have been six reported earthquakes in Ohio in 2017- none of them in the Miami Valley, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

At least 200 earthquakes with an Ohio-epicenter have been reported since 1776 with at least 15 of them causing minor to moderate damage, according to the ODNR. 

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News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray is finding out more about the earthquake risk in the Miami Valley and whether or not you should consider adding earthquake insurance on to your homeowners policy. Watch today at 5pm. 

Natural gas leak reported in Brookville

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

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Fire crews are on the scene of a natural gas leak in the 500 block of Vine Street in Brookville Wednesday morning. 

Dispatchers confirmed firefighters were dispatched around 9:30 a.m. after a gas meter was struck. 

Neighbors have reported to this newsroom that there are evacuations in the area, but dispatchers were not able to confirm those reports. 

A Vectren Energy crew has been requested to the scene. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available.