Wright-Patt officials help deliver baby in base housing

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

Wright-Patt medics have reunion with baby they helped deliver

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.”

Personnel from the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services Flight’s Station 3 in Area B assisted with a successful at-home birthJan. 26.They are (l to r, first row): firefighter/EMT Paul Malleck, Capt. Ken Gibson, firefighter/ EMTAndrew Short, Capt. Chase McGrath, firefighter/ paramedic Bryan Gustafson, firefighter/ paramedic Daryle Williams. Second row (l to r): District Chief Matt Dickey, firefighter TracyWatts.(Staff Writer)

“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.”

Fatal crash: Schools close after deaths of 2 Clark County HS students

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:32 AM

Fatal crash: Schools close after deaths of 2 Clark County HS students

Two Clark County high school students were killed in a Sunday afternoon rollover crash in Greene County that led Greenon Local Schools and Global Impact STEM Academy to close.

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  • Crash kills David Waag, Connor Williams
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  • Driver, 18, and juvenile passenger injured

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UPDATE @3:30 a.m. 8/21/17

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released additional details in a Sunday evening double fatal crash.

A black 2005 Toyota Carolla, driven by Trey Blevins, 18, of Enon, went off the right side of Wilkerson Road between Fairborn and Yellow Springs.  Blevins over-corrected, went off the left side of the road and struck two trees, according to a release from OSHP.

Blevins was wearing a seat belt and was taken to Soin Medical Center with minor injuries. 

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The right front passenger, Zach Knauer, 17, of Springfield, was also wearing a seat belt and was taken to Soin Medical Center for observation. 

David Waag, 17, of Beavercreek, and Connor Williams, 15, of Fairborn, were rear passengers. Waag and Williams were not wearing seat belts and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors, according to officials.

The crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE 8/20/17 

Community members came together Sunday night at the Greenon High School football field to grieve the loss of the two boys. Some brought candles, others illuminated cellphones to light the night in honor of David Waag and Connor Williams.

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Waag, a senior at Greenon High School, and Williams, a student at Global Impact STEM Academy, were riding in the back seat of a car headed east just before 6 p.m. in the 500 block of Wilkerson Road in Bath Twp.

“It appears in our investigation that they drifted off the right side of the road, over-corrected, went off the left side, hit a tree and then overturned,” Sgt. Paul Lezotte of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

The crash also injured the 18-year-old driver, a recent Greenon graduate, and another Greenon High student who was riding in the front seat. They were both taken to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek with injuries that were not life-threatening. Troopers said none of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.

Global Impact STEM Academy also has decided to close Monday in the wake of the death of one of its students.

The school sent out a “One Call” phone message and posted on social media to alert families.

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m.

Greenon High School confirmed that two of its students were killed this afternoon in a two-vehicle crash.

The district identified the students as David Waag and Connor Williams.

The school will now be closed, according to a social media post, but counselors will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenon.

“After careful consideration of our need to support our students during this difficult time and protect all students during tomorrow’s solar eclipse, we are cancelling school so that we can ensure the safety and emotional well-being of all students and staff.”

A candlelight vigil is underway at the high school football stadium.

Waag, a senior soccer player, last year was second-team All-Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division as a junior. Williams, a sophomore, played football and attended Global Impact STEM Academy.

Greenon Athletic Director Adam Billet said he was not ready to comment, but said “they were great kids.”

A third Greenon student and a recent graduate also were injured in the crash.

The district had activities in place for the eclipse, but district spokeswoman said that with the deaths of two students in the tight-knit community it would be too much of a strain on the staff.

UPDATE @ 8:30 p.m.

Two boys from an area high school were killed this afternoon in a single-car rollover crash in Greene County.

The boys were in the back seat of a car that was traveling east in the 500 block of Wilkerson Road when it veered to the right, then went off the road to the left and struck a tree. the vehicle landed on its side, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. None of the four male occupants were wearing seat belts but non were ejected in the crash, troopers said.

The driver, who is 18, went to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek. A juvenile front-seat passenger lived nearby and went home before he later went to Soin for treatment, the patrol said.

The names of those in the crash have not been released, and the crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m.

Two passengers have died in an afternoon single-vehicle rollover crash in Bath Twp. near Fairborn, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The driver was taken to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek with injuries that were described as not life-threatening. Troopers are still looking for another passenger who fled the crash on foot. It is unknown whether that person is injured.

The crash site is not far from the Greene County border with Clark County.

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m.

One person has died this afternoon in a rollover crash in Bath Twp. near Fairborn, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

CareFlight was canceled in the crash that injured up to three others.


Crews were called to a rollover crash with serious injuries this afternoon near Fairborn.

The crash was reported shortly before 4 p.m. in the 500 block of Wilkerson Road. A CareFlight medical helicopter was placed on standby.

According to initial reports, there were four occupants in the vehicle with three possibly trapped and another person who may have fled the crash on foot.

We are on the way and will update this report.

Solar Eclipse 2017: Everything you need to know to view eclipse today

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:15 AM

A look at your Eclipse Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar

The 2017 Great American Eclipse is happening today.

The solar eclipse will begin shortly after 1 p.m. in the Miami Valley and will last nearly three hours. 

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Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs will be doing a Facebook Live at 10 a.m. ahead of the eclipse on Dayton Daily News Facebook page. From 1 until 4 p.m., meteorologists will be live on the WHIO Facebook page from the Storm Center 7 studio and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

WHIO Radio will have a special live show from 1 until 4 p.m. The special Eclipse show can be listened to live here.

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There are several events planned throughout the Miami Valley today, including over 10 watch parties.

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Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said there is a slight chance for rain today with some cloud coverage, but there will still be the chance to see the eclipse this afternoon.

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Some local schools are closing today out of concern for student safety, while other districts are making plans, as the eclipse will be happening around dismissal time.

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Since the Miami Valley won’t experience a total solar eclipse, there is a threat and concern that looking directly at the eclipse could cause retina damage to your eyes. If you don’t have a pair of certified eclipse glasses, there are other ways to view the eclipse, including a pinhole projector.

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Animals may be affected by the eclipse, and Director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center said it may not be a bad idea to bring pets inside.

Solar eclipse 2017: You can be a 'citizen scientist' during the Great American Eclipse

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:39 AM

WATCH: Rare Total Solar Eclipse Coming in August 2017

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross North America on Monday.

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The eclipse is expected to cross from Oregon, entering the U.S. at 10:15 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, and leaving U.S. shores from South Carolina at 2:50 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, over the course of an hour and a half.

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Becoming a citizen scientist through The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment program begins with downloading NASA’s free GLOBE Observer Eclipse APP, which will fuel a nationwide science experiment.

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On Monday, citizen scientists will be able to measure how the eclipse changes atmospheric conditions near them, contributing to a database used by scientists and students worldwide.

The app explains how to make eclipse observations, but you will need to obtain a thermometer to accurately measure air temperature.

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Joining the experiment means you can help collect cloud and temperature data with your phone.

NASA said that observers in areas with a partial eclipse or those who are outside the path of totality are encouraged to participate alongside those within totality.

To learn more about how NASA is looking for the solar eclipses to help understand earth’s energy, click here

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Fourteen states will experience night-like darkness for approximately two minutes in the middle of the day, according to NASA.

"No matter where you are in North America, whether it's cloudy, clear, or rainy, NASA wants as many people as possible to help with this citizen scientist project," said Kristen Weaver, deputy coordinator for the project. "We want to inspire a million eclipse viewers to become eclipse scientists." 

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Oxford man charged with officer impersonation

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 1:06 PM
Updated: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 1:06 PM


An Oxford man is behind bars for allegedly impersonating a police officer Friday and attempting to talk with  a driver about at traffic violation.

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Jacob Staton, 21, of Oxford-Millville Avenue., is charged with using weapons while intoxicated, three counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and one count of impersonation of peace officer. He is housed in the Butler County Jail pending arraignment Monday in Butler County Area Court.

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On Friday, Oxford police received a call of a man who walked up to a driver while he was in his vehicle, identified himself as a police officer, and addressed perceived traffic violations.

The man called Oxford police when the I.D. presented by the “officer” was clearly illegitimate, according to Oxford police.

Officers found the suspect, identified as Staton, nearby. Three handguns, as well as a bulletproof vest, flashlights, firearm magazines in the his vehicle. Staton was also intoxicated, according to police.

Oxford police warned via Facebook, “If you ever have doubt about the legitimacy of a police officer, look to see if the police cruiser has markings, look at the officer’s badge, and ask for the officer’s identification—OPD officers carry their identification card on them. If you still are unsure, you may call 911 to verify you are being stopped legitimately.”