Dayton mailman receives Hero of the Year award after rescuing young girl 

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 4:03 PM

WATCH: Dayton postal worker honored in DC for heroic actions

UPDATE @ 5:15 PM:

Donte Cotton was in Washington D.C. Wednesday to receive the National Association of Letter Carrier’s 2017 Central Region Hero award. Cotton spoke about how honored he was to receive the award and how being celebrated like this was, “Unimaginable.” 

Cotton detailed what transpired the day he saved a young girl from a car wreck by crawling on broken glass. “It was a typical work day and I was outside when I heard a bang. My co-worker and I were greeted by a vehicle that was lying on its roof,  I then saw a little girl and my father instincts kicked in.” 

Crawling through a tapestry of broken glass Cotton layed on his back to proceed to get the girl out of the broken window. 

The youngster and her mother were later taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Donte, who also recently received media attention for attending to a woman on his new route after she was beaten during a break-in at her home, doesn’t think his actions were a big deal. 


“I wouldn’t call myself a hero,” the second-year letter carrier said.

The judges weren’t the only ones impressed. Just last week, congressman, Mike Turner of Dayton, took to the House floor to praise Donte’s, “Acts of true heroism.”

Cotton also thanked all of his fellow employees, the voters, judges and everyone who put the story together. “It is truly a blessing and I thank everyone for sharing this honor with me,” Cotton said as he fought back tears. 


A Dayton postal worker who crawled through broken glass to rescue a baby girl from a car that flipped onto its roof has been named Central Hero of the Year. 

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On April 5, 2016, Donte Cotton and a supervisor were outside their post office when they noticed a vehicle lying on its roof after hearing a loud sound. The car had hit a pole, causing the transformer to malfunction and spark and a woman exited the car appearing concerned about something in the back seat,  according to the National Association of Letter Carriers. 

“I realized there was a toddler in the rear of the vehicle moving around”, Cotton said.

According to Cotton, his fatherly instincts kicked in and by crawling through broken glass on the passenger side of the vehicle, he was able to get the little girl out of the car through the broken window. 

The young girl and her mother were taken to an area hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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That is not the only act of bravery that Cotton is being praised for. He also made media attention for attending to a woman on his new route after she was beaten during a break-in at her home.

Cotton doesn’t think his actions were a big deal and said that he wouldn’t call himself a hero, but The Heroes of the Year judges thought otherwise, marveling at how the carrier put himself in danger to help others. 

He will be among several letter carriers honored today in Washington D.C. by the National Association of Letter Carriers. 

Letter carriers who rescued a young man from a house fire, helped police defuse a tense standoff with an armed man, and raised money for a disabled-accessible van for a young girl will be among others and five fellow honorees that represent thousands of letter carriers who not only deliver the mail to 155 million households and businesses six or even seven days a week, but often assist in situations involving accidents, fires, crimes or health crises.

Due to the specific circumstances of Cotton’s rescue of the young girl, including the car probably having fluids leaking, and him going into an unknown situation to rescue a baby, he will be named NALC’S 2017 Central Region Hero. 

One flown to hospital from scene of Champaign Co. multi-car crash

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:29 PM

Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton.  Michael Franz / Staff
Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton. Michael Franz / Staff(HANDOUT)

A medical helicopter is responding to the scene of a three-car crash in Champaign County Monday evening.

Champaign County dispatchers said a crews were sent to the 4000 block of U.S. 68 in Urbana Twp. around 6:30 p.m. 

A semi is involved in the crash and at least one person is being flown from the scene. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown what led to the crash or how many victims are reported at the scene. 

A portion of U.S. 68 has reopened after briefly closing as crews responded. 

We will update this story with new details when available.

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Dayton police hoping victim in shooting tells them what happened

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:39 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:41 PM

Shooting victim shows up at Dayton hospital

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.:  A man wounded by gunfire early Monday is telling Dayton police he was walking on North Main Street when a female in a red car drove up and shot him, police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said, but police can find no evidence at the place where the man said he was shot. 

Police interviewed the 45-year-old victim at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he had been taken by private conveyance. 

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"He was not really forthcoming with a lot of credible information,” Coleman said. “He said he knew her."

Police aren’t sure of the man and woman’s relationship.

The white female who possibly fired at the man was in a red car, the sergeant said. 

Police found no evidence of a shooting at North Main Street at Knecht Drive, where the victim said he was hit by gunfire, Coleman said.

"We're just hoping the victim tells us what happened,” the sergeant said. 

The victim's wounds are considered non-life threatening, Coleman said. 

Anyone who saw the shooting is asked to call Dayton police, 937-333-COPS, or Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, 937-225-4357.

Police were dispatched to the hospital on a report of a male who had been brought in by private vehicle about 11:30 a.m.

Initial reports, via police and fire radio dispatch, that a car with two men arrived at the hospital.

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Victims in Greene County double fatal motorcycle crash identified

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:15 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 12:41 PM

Family, friends talk about fatal motorcycle crash victims

UPDATE@5 p.m.

Tonie Cruea held back tears as she talked about her daughter Monday. 

“She had a heart of gold...she'd do anything for anybody," Tonie Crue said. “I mean, everybody says their child was special and unique but she really was.”

The bodies of Cruea and Fudge were at the Montgomery County Coroner’s office Monday evening. Troopers said it’s too early to determine who’s responsible for the crash. 

The couple was riding on Fudge’s motorcycle toward Xenia when the crash occurred. 

Kyle Minix, a friend of Fudge, said Fudge was always up to help his friends. 

"I'm just mind-boggled right now, I'm in shock that this happened. I considered him my brother," Minix said. 

UPDATE @ 12:42 p.m.

Tonie Cruea, mother to Sherill Cruea, said her daughter and Fudge had been a couple for four years. The two motorcycle drivers had recently started wearing helmets while riding after a friend died in a motorcycle crash a few weeks ago.

UPDATE @11:22 a.m.

The victims in the double motorcycle fatal accident have been identified as Brook Fudge, 23, of Xenia and Sherill Cruea, 25, of Fairborn, according to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

The accident happened just before 7 p.m. as Gregory Davidson, 29, of Cincinnati was westbound on West Spring Valley-Paintersville Road. He attempted to turn left on US 42 south, and his car was struck by a motorcycle driven by Fudge, the report said.

Fudge and Cruca were pronounced dead at the scene. 

We are working to get you more details about the accident. 


A man and woman from Greene County were killed after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Dodge Charger in Spring Valley Sunday night, according to troopers.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road. U.S. 42 was closed and reopened just before midnight.

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Troopers said the victims on the motorcycle, both in their mid-20s, were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. An occupant from the Dodge is recovering at an area hospital from non-life-threatening injuries.

The motorcyclist was northbound on U.S. 42 when the driver of the car attempted to turn onto the highway from Spring Valley Paintersville Road, according to a preliminary investigation, troopers said.

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Troopers said at this time speed and failure to yield are being considered as causes, but a definitive answer will not be available until investigators are finished with the investigation.

A crashed motorcycle at the scene of a fatal crash on U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road in Spring Valley Sunday night. DeAngelo Byrd/Staff


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Family celebrates birthday of Miamisburg teen killed in wrong-way crash

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 8:54 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 2:49 AM

Family, friends gather to remember wrong-way crash victim

Family members gathered for a birthday celebration Sunday to honor Kalip Grimm, the 2017 Miamisburg High School graduate killed in a wrong way crash Monday night on I-675 in Centerville. 

Grimm would have been 19 Sunday.

Funeral for Kalip Grimm held today

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"It’s the worst feeling to know you're celebrating your son's birthday one day and burying him the next,” Grimm’s mother, Stacey Grimm said.

Grimm was killed when the car he was driving was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver. Family and friends will gather tomorrow for funeral and memorial services.

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A memorial pamphlet honoring Kalip Grimm, a Miaimisburg teen killed in a wrong-way crash on I-675 Monday.

"He was the most compassionate person. It didn't matter time of day, if anybody needed anything he'd be right there,” Stacey Grimm said.

News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy reports hundreds of people visited the family today with some offering kind words and others sporting new tattoos honoring Kalip.

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"I'm at so much peace right now to know how many people's lives he touches,” Stacey Grimm said.

'"I've had several people tell me that when 'I was going through a hard spot Caleb brought me out of it.”

Friends of Kalip Grimm show off new tattoos remembering the Miaimisburg graduate killed in a wrong-way crash Monday. Sean Cudahy/Staff

Family and friends released balloons in the air Sunday after singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in linked arms.

“We had no idea how he touched people outside of our family,” Kalip’s step mother, LeAnn Crone.

Crone said she remembers Kalip as the person who pulled his family together.

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“Anybody that knew him...knew kalip...biggest heart ever...he'd give you the shirt off his back,” Crone said.

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