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Oakwood trench collapse: 911 call released

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 1:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Dozens of rescuers save Oakwood worker buried in trench for hours

UPDATE @ 8:36 a.m. (March 9):

A 30-second 911 call was released by the city of Oakwood Friday.

“Wall collapsed over on the guys here in the water department,” the caller told emergency dispatchers.

We’re working to learn the injured workers’ names as well as their conditions.


A city of Oakwood worker was buried up to his waist for hours in a trench collapse Thursday that ended without serious injury to the relief of dozens of rescuers – many specially trained for just such an emergency.

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The rescue resulted in “a safe and successful outcome,” said Oakwood Police/Fire Chief Alan Hill.

Emergency responders were called around 1:40 p.m. to the 200 block of Northview Road in Oakwood, where city workers were installing sewer pipes running under the street. 


Rescuers from across the region answered the call, some arriving in special gear like that worn by spelunkers. They worked slowly and methodically to dig out the worker, Hill said. 

“The biggest challenge is you don’t want to make a bad situation worse,” he said. “We have to make sure that not only we don’t do anything to cause more injury to the person who is trapped, but we have to protect every single rescuer who is involved in the rescue.”

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At one point, rescuers put a rescue basket down into the trench but later pulled it up and instead lowered a section of ladder. About two hours after the 9-1-1 call, the man emerged from the 6-foot-deep trench and was loaded into a waiting ambulance. He was alert and talking.

Scene of the trench collapse in Oakwood

He was taken to an area hospital but did not appear to be seriously injured. A second person was injured trying to help the trapped worker and also was taken to a hospital. Neither worker was identified.

“A full investigation needs to happen to determine exactly what happened within the trench. At the time we were here, obviously the walls had collapsed and he was trapped inside,” Hill said. 

Two other high-profile trench collapses since 2016 were fatal. 

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In December 2017, a Warren County man died after being buried at least 25-30 feet underground in a trench collapse. Zachary Hess, 25, of Mason was an excavating worker at a home construction site.

A wrongful death lawsuit is moving forward in Montgomery County over the June 2016 death of James Rogers who died in a trench collapse at a Washington Twp. construction site.

>> Judge: Trench death lawsuit can move forward

In January, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Erik Blaine ruled the case can proceed without defendant Timothy Scott Dickey, who filed for Chapter 7 in Dayton’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Northview Road in Oakwood


Emergency crews responded to the 200 block of Northview Road around 1:40 p.m. on a report of a trench collapse in Oakwood.

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We’re working to learn more.

Scene of the trench collapse in Oakwood | Staff Photo

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Fire reported on Sweet Potato Ridge Road

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:24 AM

A fire has been reported this morning on Sweet Potato Ridge Road.

Firefighters responded to the house in the 7700 block around 11:10 a.m.

We’re working to learn more.

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Reports: Shots fired towards Dayton officers, police assistance requested

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 10:42 AM

Incident happened near West Second Street & Bungalow Road

A report of shots fired at officers has prompted a large police response in the area of West Second Street and Bungalow Road in Dayton Monday morning. 

Officers requested assistance near the intersection around 10:45 a.m. after shots were fired in their direction, according to police scanner traffic. 

The suspects have reportedly fled in a vehicle and no injuries have been reported. 

It was not immediately known if the officers returned fire. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available.

Dayton Police issued a signal 99

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Dayton police, fire rescue cat from tree after community members plead for help

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 7:56 PM

Cat is rescued from tree near Hospice of Dayton

- UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: 

The cat has been rescued, according to a Hospice of Dayton spokesperson.

 Dayton fire and police personnel were able to remove the cat from the tree. The cat was said to be healthy and will be taken a local animal facility that accepts stray cats. 


A cat with apparent injuries up in a tree on Hospice of Dayton grounds tonight has some people in the community concerned.

A cat was stuck in a tree near Hospice of Dayton. PHOTO COURTESY OF BETHANY WALKER

There have been posts on social media, including the WHIO Facebook page, and calls to our newsroom from people who want to get help for the animal.

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We reached out to Hospice of Dayton, and officials there said they are working to resolve the issue.

Earlier, police were called to stop citizens from trying to retrieve the cat.

It’s not clear how long the cat has been in the tree.

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Clayton group recognized for making city parks more inviting

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

            Clayton’s Parks Advisory Commission members were recognized by the city for their talents and for recent events and work at the parks. CONTRIBUTED
Clayton’s Parks Advisory Commission members were recognized by the city for their talents and for recent events and work at the parks. CONTRIBUTED

Clayton leaders praised the work of the Parks Advisory Board, noting that the group has achieved several of its goals the past few years.

Members of the Parks Advisory Commission first met in 2015 with a mission to make the parks of Clayton more welcoming and bring in more events than it had in past. The advisory group is made up Chairman Earl Harlamert, Co-Vice Chair Traci Barnes, Co-Vice Chair Helen Senu-Oke, Jakie McArdle, Lisa Menker and Robin Spiller.

In the years since, the Parks Advisory Commission has accomplished many projects, city leaders said. They have replaced the signs in and around the parks, improved the landscape with work on trees, sidewalks and flowers, and they have helped provide more community events.

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Many popular events for the city include the Labor Day Fireworks, Breakfast with Santa, picnics with bounce houses for children, food, fun and games.

According to city officials at the last council meeting on Thursday, commission members went above and beyond the call of duty, aspiring to bring better service to the community.

Visit the city’s website for further information on the Parks Advisory Commission or contact the Assistant to the City Manager Lisa Brown at (937) 836-3500, extension 113.

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