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Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 10:16 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 4:15 PM
LAS VEGAS — A Piqua native who is a Marine is being credited for saving the life of a California woman he didn’t even know after she was shot during the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night.
United States Marine Corp Cpl. Austin Cox, a 2011 Piqua High School graduate stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, was in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest music festival with a fellow Marine when the shooting occurred.
During the shooting Cox was helping people to safety amid the chaos when found a woman, identified as Katrina Hannah, from La Verne, Calif., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and badly bleeding,
“[I] put some pressure on the wound on her neck, and then I saw more blood coming,” Cox told this news organization.
Cox knew how to respond to the situation because of his military training, he said.
“They really do teach you how to react in those situations, so that obviously helped out a lot and it kept my cool and kept me focus,” Cox said.
Cox said he scooped Hannah up off the ground and ran for cover during a pause in the gunfire and brought her to a random car.
“The people obviously were willing to help, that's what they were there for, they pulled their car up,” Cox said.
Tom Westfall, the choir director at Piqua High School, said he’s known Cox since he was in elementary school and wasn’t surprised at Cox’s willingness to help.
“It doesn't surprise me. He's an upstanding guy, I can see him just stepping to the plate and doing whatever needed to be done,” Westfall said.
Piqua Head Football Coach Bill Nees, who has known Cox for about seven years, echoed Westfall’s sentiments.
“He was an undersized safety with an oversized heart,” Nees said. “I think he had that mindset before he was a Marine, I think he came in with that, and that he was that kind of guy that would just be willing to help people out any chance he could.”
Just two weeks ago, Cox was the best man in his friend Kindric Link’s wedding. When Link learned about the shooting and wondered for an hour if his friend was OK.
Link said Cox’s story was traumatizing, but he knows Cox is a loyal person, even to complete strangers.
“Everyone was coming toward him trying to save their own lives, and he and his buddy, who is a Marine, ran towards the bullets,” Link said, adding that Cox stayed with Hannah the entire night at the hospital while she received treatment.
Hannah was in Las Vegas for her best friend’s bachelorette party, according to Cox’s aunt.
Regardless of what others say of his actions, Cox insists on not being called a hero.
“I'm not keen to just call myself a hero or nothing, but I think I would do it any other day, and people know that and they know the type of person I am,” Cox said. “That's what being a Marine's all about. I joined to defend America, and whether that's foreign or domestic, I'm going to help out as much as I can.”
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:21 AM
— 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.
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.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM
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Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:21 PM
DAYTON — 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.
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.
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."
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:01 PM
NEW CARLISLE — 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.
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.