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Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 4:03 PM
DAYTON — 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.
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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:35 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:55 PM
VANDALIA — UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.: A malfunctioning grill is the blame for the fire at the Wendy's in Vandalia that has shut down the business tonight and possibly the next few days.
A Vandalia fire battalion chief tells us the fire also burned wiring behind the grill and that prompted the fire department to shut off the gas and electric service to the building.
No one was injured in the fire.
Crews are at the Wendy's on East National Road for a fire in the grill area of the fast food business.
Crews were dispatched to the restaurant, 383 E. National Road and James Bohanan Drive, just after 7 p.m.
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There are no reports of any injury and we're checking for details about the extent of damage.
Fire crews from Butler Twp. and Huber Heights also responded on the call.
We have a crew on the way. We will update this report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:07 PM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
THIS EVENING: Light rain/drizzle mixing with or changing to snow – then increasing in coverage and intensity after 9 p.m. Temperatures will fall back through the 30s.
TONIGHT: Snow will be likely through the night. The heaviest snow is expected to fall between midnight and 6 a.m. Gusty winds will also develop, and may create blowing and drifting snow, along with reducing visibility. Wind gusts of up to 30 mph possible. Overnight snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches likely. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s.
WEDNESDAY: Snow likely in the morning and tapering off by noon. Total snowfall accumulations of around 3 to 5 inches expected with some isolated areas picking up higher amount. Gusty winds may create blowing snow, especially early in the day. Highs will hold in the middle 30s.
THURSDAY: Skies will become mostly sunny with highs in the lower 40s.
FRIDAY: Sunny skies will start the day but clouds will increase in the afternoon. Highs will reach into the lower 40s.
SATURDAY: There is a chance for snow in the morning, possibly mixed with rain. A wintry mix or rain will linger into the afternoon. Highs will top out near 40 degrees.
SUNDAY: Skies are expected to clear with highs in the lower 40s.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 4:26 PM
MORAINE — UPDATE @ 3:43 p.m.
A 57-year-old Fuyao Glass America Inc. worker died after being crushed between a forklift and more than a ton of glass, Moraine police records show.
The accident that killed forklift operator Ricky Patterson early Tuesday morning was captured on the company’s cameras, the Moraine Police Division incident report states.
The Dayton man was found early Tuesday morning “wedged in between” the industrial machine and a pallet of glass, which had a tag indicating it weighed 2,097 pounds, the report states.
Patterson died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck in what was ruled an accident, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
UPDATE @ 12:03 p.m.
Details of how the worker died have not been released and the "circumstances surrounding the accident" are being investigated, according to a police statement.
This news outlet has requested a copy of the police incident report.
UPDATE @ 10:10 a.m.
A Fuyao official confirmed the incident resulted in the death of an employee, but did not confirm his identity.
The investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing, the company said in a statement., “The hearts and thoughts of Fuyao associates worldwide are with the employee’s family at this difficult time,” the company said in a statement.
Fuyao has activated its Employee Assistance Program and responders are available to talk and counsel employees.
An OSHA spokesman told this news organization that OSHA has opened an investigation into the fatality incident. OSHA will not have any further information until OSHA completes their investigation, the spokesman said.
UPDATE @ 9 a.m.:
A forklift operator of Fuyao Glass America Inc. was killed this morning in an accident at the Moraine plant, according to Moraine police.
No one else was reported injured in the accident, according to a statement released by the Moraine Police Division.
Deputy Chief Jason Neubauer said the police division is investigating the accident that was reported at 2801 W. Stroop Road after one person reportedly unresponsive about 5:20 a.m.
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Police are investigating the “circumstances surrounding the accident,” according to the statement.
The coroner’s office is not yet releasing the identity of the worker.
UPDATE @8:15 a.m.
An employee of Fuyao Glass America Inc. was killed this morning in an accident at the Moraine plant, according to Moraine police.
Deputy Chief Jason Neubauer said the police division is investigating the accident that was reported at at 2801 W. Stroop Road after one person was unresponsive around 5:20 a.m.
The coroner's office is not yet releasing the identity of the worker.
UPDATE @ 5:58 a.m:
The Montgomery County Coroner been requested to Fuyao Glass America, Inc. in Moraine after a reported forklift accident occurred Tuesday morning.
Initial reports indicate the incident was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to 2801 W. Stroop Road with one person reportedly unresponsive.
Additional details have not been released.
Crews are responding to Fuyao Glass America, Inc. in Moraine on reports of an accident involving a forklift.
The incident was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. at the business located at 2801 W. Stroop Road, per initial reports.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 5:47 PM
— As we prepare for another snow storm on this first day of spring, you may be asking yourself, how common (or not) is snow in spring?
We posed the question to Stormcenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
“It’s not uncommon,” said Zontini. If you’ve lived in Ohio for awhile, you probaby already guessed that.
What’s the saying? Don’t like the weather in Ohio? Just wait, it will change in a minute.
Stormcenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini dug through National Weather Service data for our area and here’s what she found:
THE AVERAGE LATEST 1-INCH SNOW IN DAYTON AREA
THE LATEST MORE THAN 1-INCH SNOW IN DAYTON AREA
THE MOST SNOW IN MARCH IN DAYTON AREA
We are not expected that much this week. The Stormcenter 7 team is forecasting 3-5 inches of snow across most of the Dayton region. Some isolated spots could see bands of snow that leave closer to 6 inches.
Will it be the last snow fall of the season? Ohio weather history shows, don’t count on it.
Follow Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini on Facebook for the latest on timing and conditions.