Wright-Patt officials help deliver baby in base housing

Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

A quick, unexpected birth at home may seem frightening, but one growing family living in The Prairies housing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base had nothing to fear: Base emergency responders utilized their training and assisted the mother and father — and baby boy — in their time of need.

The response began the afternoon of Jan. 26, when a father who is active-duty on base, called the Emergency Communications Center, saying his wife’s amniotic sac had broken. This being their fourth child, and with a very short labor with the third child, a quick response was vital.

Richard Stiles, emergency communications specialist at the ECC, handled the call. It was the first of its kind for him during his almost 11 years of service, but his training kicked in as he calmly provided instructions to the father.

Meanwhile, members of the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services Flight’s Station 3 in Area B, along with medics from the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, proceeded to the location.

The mother reported that she was in active labor, and Stiles referred to his emergency medical dispatcher cards to follow proper protocols.

“It was nerve-wracking, but it was exciting at the same time,” he said. “I’m happy things went smoothly with no complications. Everything went according to plan.”

“All emergency communications specialists go through training to maintain their emergency medical technician status,” said Wright-Patterson AFB Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Chief Jeff Kitzmiller.

Cory Downey, ECC supervisor, commended Stiles for his cool, calm demeanor. Two such ECC dispatchers are on duty 24/7 so that if one is involved with providing emergency information, the other can handle other calls that come in. The ECC, which handles emergency calls for fire, medical and security, displays 18 monitor screens with a wealth of computer applications and enhanced 911 phone lines.

At first, the mother reported she felt like she could be transported to the base’s medical center for the delivery, then it became apparent that she needed to deliver at home.

“We saw some signs of imminent childbirth, so we decided to stay,” Williams said. “We had our OB kit out and ‘Gus’ and I knew what we were going to do. Everyone worked together as a team, including those outside.”

Within 15 minutes the baby was delivered; his nose and mouth were suctioned to clear his air passages, and the father was able to cut the umbilical cord and hold his child.

The mother and baby were then transported to the obstetrical area at WPMC.

The event has had an impact not only on the family but on the emergency responders, too.

“As soon as you hear that baby cry, it’s a total, different experience that I don’t think any of us have ever had in years of being in the fire service,” said Capt. Chase McGrath. “It’s good to see the opposite spectrum of life to death.”

Dayton Children’s Hospital hosts recruitment fair 

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 6:38 AM

Dayton Children’s Hospital hosts recruitment fair 

Dayton — Dayton Children's Hospital will host a recruitment fair at the Hilton Garden Inn at Austin Landing Tuesday night. 

The hospital is looking for employees for the major expansion in Springboro and the main campus in Dayton. 

Open positions include nurses, clinical support, pharmacists and pharmacy tenchinicans, security officers and housekeeping.

Check the Dayton Children’s website to review all open positions. Potential candidates should apply online before coming to the recruitment fair, and bring multiple copies of their resume the event. 

The recuritment fair will start at 3 p.m. on March 28  at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 12000 Innovation Drive in Miamisburg.



Girl suffers severe burns doing popular DIY science project

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 1:31 PM

An 11-year-old Massachusetts girl suffered second- and third-degree burns this month after being exposed to an ingredient in a popular do-it-yourself science project for children.

Siobhan Quinn, of Rockland, is speaking out about the danger after her daughter, Kathleen, was burned making homemade slime, or “gak,” that is popular with science-minded children, WCVB in Boston reported. Quinn said she was happy when her daughter decided to do something educational.

“I thought it was great,” Quinn told the news station. “I encouraged it, bought all the stuff. And when they were gone, I bought more. She was being a little scientist.”

Kathleen’s foray into science came with a painful price. The girl was at a sleepover the weekend of March 18 when she woke up in agonizing pain. 

“It felt, like, really hot and tingly,” Kathleen told WCVB

The next day, a weeping Kathleen had ugly and painful blisters all over her fingers. Quinn took her to Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, where she was diagnosed with the burns. 

Doctors told Quinn the burns were the result of prolonged exposure to Borax. 

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Borax, a detergent and household cleaner, consists of sodium tetraborate, a mineral used in a number of household products. With a low toxicity, Borax is considered relatively safe and is used in recipes for natural cleaners. 

It is also one of the main ingredients in multiple recipes for homemade slime or “gak” found online. 

Quinn said other mothers have told her that their children have used Borax to make slime “a million times” with no ill effects. 

“We made it a million times, too, and nothing happened,” Quinn told WCVB

The concerned mother is not the first to speak out about the dangers of making homemade slime. Rebekha D’Stephano of Manchester, England, told the Manchester Evening News earlier this month that her 10-year-old daughter, Deejay Jemmett, suffered chemical burns to her hands after making “unicorn slime.” 

Though the recipe Deejay found online called for Borax, it is not easy to find in the United Kingdom because it can cause eye irritation or damage a person’s fertility, the Evening News reported. Deejay used a laundry detergent instead.

“Within 48 hours, her skin had started to peel off,” D’Stephano told the newspaper. “From there it got worse.”

Deejay’s chemical burns got her a referral to a plastic surgeon, her mother said. 

Both mothers have shared their stories in the hopes of making parents more aware of what can happen when making the concoction. D’Stephano said that the videos her daughter found on YouTube showing how to make slime bore no safety warnings.

Quinn said she feels ‘terrible” after watching Kathleen suffer through the burns, which caused her to miss a week of school.  

“I feel like the worst mother,” she said

YouTube also has multiple videos on making slime without the use of Borax. 

Bond set for suspect in Miami County pursuit that ended in fatal crash

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 4:24 PM
Updated: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 9:58 PM

HARRISON TWP. — The 28-year-old man killed in a crash that ended a Miami County police pursuit has been identified as Anthony Hufford, according to state police. 

  • An autopsy will be performed on Hufford on Tuesday at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 
  • The pickup truck driver, Jordan Anthony Harville of Clayton, is being detained at the Miami County Jail.
  • Hufford, who was in a Honda Accord,  pulled out from a private driveway in the Arthur Avenue and North Dixie Drive area, and was struck by the pickup truck driven by Harville.

UPDATE @ 9:07 a.m. (March 28):

The suspect in a pursuit that ended with a crash that killed an Englewood man Monday afternoon appeared in court for his arraignment in Miami County Municipal Court.

Jordan Harville, of Clayton, was arraigned on charges stemming from the theft of the Ford F 250 pickup that was allegedly stolen from an auto repair shop on U.S. 36 in Fletcher.

The court set his bond at $75,000 and additional charges are still possible from the pursuit and fatal crash.


The pursuit

The pursuit was dispatched just after 4 p.m. on Monday in Miami County. Authorities believe Harville stole a pickup truck from a residence on U.S. Route 36 in Fletcher. 

Nathan Wagoner said the truck, believed to be a Ford F 250 pickup, was stolen from his father’s auto repair shop in the 3200 block of U.S. Route 36. 

Troy police initiated a pursuit after the pickup truck was seen heading south on Interstate 75 at high speed. Tipp City police and sheriff's deputies joined the pursuit in the area of state Route 571, according to the sheriff's office. 
Troopers with the state patrol post in Dayton joined the pursuit once the chase reached Montgomery County. 


State police reported the pickup truck driver showed signs of drug impairment, which led law enforcement officers to use Narcan on the man. Officers do not know whether the man was overdosing at the time. 

Harville suffered minor injuries, and has been taken to Upper Valley Medical Center, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kramer said. 

An arrest warrant was issued for Harville after he failed to attend court-ordered treatment. He failed to attend treatment in lieu of conviction stemming from an incident involving a breaking and entering of an unoccupied structure, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas records.

On Feb. 27, a county community control officer reported to the court Harville’s whereabouts had been unknown since for a month. The court listed Harville as an absconder and issued the arrest warrant.

Harville is now being detained in the Miami County Jail on felony charges of warrant service and theft on Monday. He is waiting for an arraignment hearing, according to online jail records.

RELATED: Pedestrian killed in 2014 police pursuit remembered 

Resident reactions

Residents of the neighborhood are upset about the incident that has left an innocent man dead.

One of the residents, Jeremy Brewer, said, "I see an innocent guy who got hurt for no reason because someone else was not caring about others...just being completely reckless and stupid." 

He said he understands why police engage in pursuits to keep people safe, but it is unfortunate that people get hurt. 

"I see a guy that could have been going home to his wife and kids and he ain't going to be able to do that today.... it's a scary feeling." 

Brendan O'Brien, lives near the accident scene, said he was sitting on his front porch when he heard sirens and then what he characterized as an explosion. 

"It just shows what happens. They killed an innocent man today because he wanted to be a criminal and run from the cops. It makes no sense."

North Dixie Drive in the area of the accident will remain closed at least another hour for the accident investigation.

RELATED: Huber Heights fatal police chase helped spur state task force

2 officers shot in ambush-style attack during Miami gang sweep

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 9:06 AM

2 officers shot in ambush-style attack during Miami gang sweep

Two Miami police officers are recovering after they were injured in an ambush-style attack during a gang sweep Monday night.

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The officers were conducting surveillance around 10 p.m. outside the Annie Coleman apartment complex near NW 60th Street and 20th Avenue when they were ambushed by two people and shot, Miami-Dade police director Juan Perez said.

John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade police union, told the Miami Herald that the officers were in an unmarked car when the attack took place. Rivera said six people were involved in the attack.

“They were outnumbered and outgunned,” he told the Herald. “God was watching over them tonight.”

One of the officers was shot in the leg, the other in the arm, the Herald reported.

Maj. Hector Llevat said one of the officers returned fire, but it was not immediately clear whether he hit his assailants. The gunmen were able to elude police and remained at large Tuesday morning.

The officers were not identified, however police told WFOR that they have been with the department for 26 and 11 years, respectively.

They were taken from the scene of the shooting by fellow officers, who pulled them from the “hot zone” into a pickup truck and took them to Miami’s Jackson Ryder Trauma Center.

“They are lucky to be alive,” Perez told WFOR. “It’s been a while since I’ve seen a car hit by so many rounds. A high-powered weapon struck that vehicle and the officers should be counting their blessings today. We certainly are counting our blessings.”

Both officers were listed in stable condition Tuesday morning. Police continued to search for the gunmen responsible for the attack, who are considered armed and dangerous.