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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. 

Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Ind. night sky

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:21 AM

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Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday night.

Several reports have come into our newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight. People from Englewood, Marysville and Randolph County, Ind. have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue/green.

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The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.

A meteor was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

Good Samaritan Hospital closing: Community angry, devastated, concerned

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:21 PM

West Dayton community devastated by closure of Good Samaritan hospital

The closing of Good Samaritan Hospital will be a crippling blow to the west Dayton community and raises several concerns going forward, said three people who represent the hundreds of residents living near the 86-year-old facility. 

"We're behind the eight ball," Minister Daria Dillard Stone, 66 and a member of the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 5370 Dayton-Liberty Road. 

"They've made the decision, which means we don't count,” she told News Center 7’s James Buechele on Wednesday evening. “That's just how it is." 

Stone, Mount Carmel Pastor Chad White and Omega Baptist Church Pastor Daryl Ward offered their reactions -- as well as the reactions of the communities they serve -- in the wake of Premier Health's announcement Wednesday morning that Good Samaritan Hospital will be closing by the end of the year.


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Stone, a member at Mount Carmel for 50 years, said her three daughters and four grandchildren were born at the hospital. She was a patient there, as was her grandmother and late husband. Stone said Premier officials should have come to the community and at least given the community a chance to react. 

"If they had come to the community a year or two ago and said, 'we're planning on closing Good Samaritan Hospital and what do you guys think?' At least that would have been a good faith thing if they could have acted like they cared. But they didn't," Stone said. 

The Rev. Daryl Ward, Omega Baptist Church

Pastor White, who also is executive organizer with SCLC Dayton, echoed Stone's sentiment. He, too, has been a patient at Good Samaritan and worries about access to healthcare because that while Miami Valley Hospital is five miles away, the distance can be great if one doesn't have adequate transportation. 

"I don't know the numbers, I don't know the fiscal issues the hospital is facing, but I do know it will be a great void," White said. "There will be a great abyss that will take place once Good Samaritan leaves that part of the city. 

"There are great concerns in the community about jobs, access to adequate healthcare," he said. "And, is this systemic racism? Is it intentional disinvestment in the west Dayton area on the heels of all the other things that west Dayton has come through? 

"Does corporate America have a moral compass or a social conscience to say that 'we need to look at areas that are being impacted above and beyond any other areas' and say, 'do we take some loss or do we take some hit to stay because we have a moral conscience as a corporate citizen in the city of Dayton?' " 

White said the news of the closing "literally took the wind out of my sails." 

Pastor Ward called the news "devastating." 

His edifice is right down the street from the hospital, which is at 2222 Philadelphia Drive in northwest Dayton. 

He said the leaving is not a new concern. "This has been a part of the ongoing devastation that's been going on in this community. I'm angry at the leaders of our community in terms of why can't we think about the best for the community." 

Pastor Ward said he'll be praying that the businesses near the hospital survive, despite the news of Good Samaritan's eventual leaving.

New Carlisle moves ahead with tax request to fund fire/EMS

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:01 PM


Council members voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with a tax request to support the city’s fire and emergency medical service.

In a special meeting held at 7 p.m. in the Smith Park Shelter House, the council and Chief Steve Trusty discussed the needs of the city's fire department.

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Trusty cited low pay for personnel and rising costs of equipment among the department's challenges. 

If certified, the 3-mill, five-year levy would be be placed on the May 8 ballot. 

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If it’s approved, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $105 a year and would not be collected until 2019.