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Firefighter whose leg was amputated after crash remains in critical condition

Published: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 10:34 PM
Updated: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 6:52 AM

Springfield Twp. firefighter injured in crash ID'd

A Springfield Twp. volunteer firefighter had to have his leg amputated after a car hit him and pinned him against a vehicle from an earlier collision, where he was trying to rescue a trapped driver.

  • The firefighter is David Noble, 72
  • He was working a two-car crash when third car slid into wreckage
  • He remained in critical, but stable, condition Friday morning


UPDATE @6:50 a.m. 11/2

David Noble remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

UPDATE @ 7:10 p.m.: Springfield Twp. staff members have come together to support firefighter David Noble, 72, who remained in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital as of Thursday evening. 

"I know he's a very active individual, very fit," said Mike Hively, Springfield Twp. fiscal officer. 

Noble has been a volunteer firefighter with the department for a year and a half, Hively said, and is a hard worker. He's retired from the Air Force and a rescue diver. 

Hively called Noble's wife, who is the township's office manager, to see how he's doing. 

"We support them 100 percent," Hively said. "We're behind them." 

He's concerned about firefighters when they respond to scenes, he said, because he knows the dangers they face. 

"I worry about these guys," he said.

UPDATE @ 1:29 p.m.:

The Springfield Twp. firefighter, David Noble, 72, who had to have his leg amputated after becoming pinned in wreckage, is a volunteer for the department and an Air Force veteran.

Mike Hively, a Springfield Twp. fiscal officer, said Noble is extremely active and well known in the diving community. 

Noble is listed in stable but critical condition. 

UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m. (Nov. 2)

The firefighter injured in a Springfield Twp. crash Wednesday night has been identified.

David E. Noble, 72, of Springfield, is listed in critical but stable condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

Sgt. Jason Cadle with the Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post said he had have a leg amputated.

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According to the officials, Noble was on the scene of a crash on U.S. 68 where a Suburban was facing facing southbound in northbound lanes. As Noble was attempting to help the driver out of the Suburban, a blue Chevrolet Cobalt northbound on U.S. 68 ran into him, pinning him against the Suburban.

The driver of the Suburban, Jo Ellen Stringer, 48, of Springfield, was treated and released from Springfield Regional Hospital. The driver of the Cobalt, identified as Devin A. Smith, 27, of Springfield, was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.


A firefighter hit by a car while on scene of a crash has lost his leg to amputation, said Sgt. Jason Cadle with the Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post.

The firefighter, whose name and age have not been released, was standing by one of the vehicles in an initial crash between a pickup truck and large SUV at Fairfield Pike and U.S. 68 north.

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The firefighter became pinned between one of the two vehicles from the initial collision and a third vehicle that “slid through” the accident scene just after 10 p.m.

The firefighter was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after first being taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, the sergeant said. 

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The two people in the initial accident are believed to have suffered minor injuries. They have been taken to Springfield regional, he said. That accident involved a failure to yield at Fairfield Pike/U.S. 68 North intersection, he said.

Cadle said that according to the preliminary investigation, there was no sign of impairment on the part of the driver who hit the firefighter. 

But, Cadle said, the investigations into the accidents are not complete.

U.S. 68 was closed in both directions while the crash was investigated. 

Woman killed after house catches fire, explodes in Fairborn identified

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 10:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:03 AM

Woman who died in Fairborn fire identified

UPDATE @ 10:52 a.m. (Jan. 16):

The woman killed in a Fairborn house fire Monday has been identified as Nola O’Daniel, 71, of Fairborn, according to the Greene County Coroner’s Office.

Nola O'Daniel pictured on the left with a co-worker from the St. Francis Thrift Store at a Christmas party several years ago. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

O’Daniel had worked at the St. Francis Thrift Store in Fairborn for more than a decade, people who knew her said.

“Yesterday, when we heard the news, there was a lot of crying,” said Jackie Fahsnestock, who still works at the thrift store. “She had such a good heart, cared about everyone and she was funny.”


One woman was killed after her Fairborn home caught fire and exploded Monday morning.

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Firefighters responded to the 400 block of Forest Street around 10:50 a.m. after being flooded with calls about heavy smoke conditions from the fire, according to initial reports. 

Before their arrival, neighbors who heard the explosion and saw the smoke attempted to rescue the woman by creating a human chain to enter the home. 

“Everyone in the neighborhood ran toward the home trying to help the woman and protect her family from this kind of loss”, said neighbor Cathy Sheward.

Unfortunately, their efforts were unsuccessful due to the smoke being unbearable. 

While on scene, fire crews attempted to clear the smoke by cutting holes in the roof which prompted a search confirming the woman was inside the home, per officials. 

Crews did experience another explosion during the search, but there are no reports of injuries as a result. 

The Greene County Coroner’s office arrived shortly after the woman was pronounced dead on scene.

The identification of the woman is being withheld at this time until family has been notified. 

We will continue to update this story as details become available. 

Forest Street fire in Fairborn
House fire on Forest Street, Fairborn, Jan. 15, 2018. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Gun stolen in Miami Twp. store break-in

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

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The Miami Township Police Department is investigating a break-in that occurred early Monday morning at the Miami Armory on Kingsridge Drive. 

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According to police an alarm was triggered at 6:28 a.m. Monday and when officers arrived they found the front window of the business smashed.

After reviewing surveillance footage officers say four people entered the building and one weapon is missing from the store. 


Police have not made any arrests and if you have any information regarding this crime you are asked to call Detective Nienhaus at 937-433-2815.

Miami Valley unlikely to experience the kind of false alarm that rattled Hawaii

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:16 PM

Miami Valley unlikely to experience the kind of false alarm that rattled Hawaii

Last weekend’s false alarm in Hawaii that sent people scrambling for cover is a mistake that is unlikely to be repeated in the Miami Valley, according to Jeff Jordan, director, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management.

Saturday morning, people were alerted by the Hawaii emergency management agency that a missile attack was imminent. 

Text alerts went to people’s cell phones and radio broadcasts were interrupted with the message. It came during a test of the state’s emergency notification system.

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Jeff Jordan, director, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management.

“It sounds like in their system the test message and the actual message were right next to each other. Frankly that is an accident waiting to happen,” Jordan said. 

Hawaii authorities confirmed that once the first message went out in error, it took more than 30 minutes to recall it and replace it with the all clear. 

Jordan said notification systems used locally and statewide in Ohio do not include just one “button” for an emergency. Each message, he said, must be written to fit the emergency to avoid the situation that Hawaii found itself in.

“There are specific protocols in place (in Montgomery County) to prevent that kind of miscommunication,” Jordan said.

A mix of multiple agencies are responsible for notifying the public of emergencies. Alerts of incoming bad weather come directly from the National Weather Service, according to NewsCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. 

“We actually see it instantly into our weather graphics and that is why it is so great with the new technology that we have to get these watches and warnings immediately,” Vrydaghs said. 

The NWS alerts also go directly to emergency management agencies statewide.

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Other emergency notices include Amber alerts, concerning missing children, which come from local law enforcement. 

The Ohio Department of Transportation uses highway electronic signs to notify the public of slow traffic or emergency response crews blocking expressway lanes. 

Jordan said oftentimes, their best means of distributing emergency information is through the media. The agency uses social media as well, but broadcast radio and TV can reach more people very quickly. 

He advises people that in case of a true emergency to take cover first and then check local media for updates on the situation. 

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Three fire departments put out Lebanon blaze

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:38 PM

3 fire departments put out House Fire at 1138 Algonquin Dr. In Lebanon

Firefighters put out a fire on Tuesday afternoon in the home at 1138 Algonquin Dr. in Lebanon.

No one was injured in the fire, reported as “heavy smoke showing” at 12:49 p.m.

Crews from Deerfield and Union township aided the Lebanon Fire Department in confining the fire to the home in a neighborhood off Cook Road and the Ohio 48 Bypass.

There were oxygen tanks in the house, but it was unclear if one was ignited, causing the blaze, Capt. Ryan Dipzinski said. The fire was put out in about 10 minutes, he said.

The scene was cleared by 1:45 p.m. No damage estimate was immediately available.