New public art in downtown Dayton honors public servants

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

            Former Dayton City Manager Tim Riordan sits in “The Common Good,” a new monument at Cooper Park. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Former Dayton City Manager Tim Riordan sits in “The Common Good,” a new monument at Cooper Park. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Abraham Lincoln, John Henry Patterson and the Wright Bros. are just a few of the big-name historical figures commemorated by local monuments.

But a new, 12,000-pound sculpture installed at Cooper Park downtown seeks to recognize and honor the contributions of everyday public servants, including those who teach children, fight fires, pave roads, combat crime, mow grass and protect and serve the public in myriad other ways.

Public servants have been denigrated in recent years, and the new sculpture thanks government employees for their hard work, dedication and good deeds, said Tim Riordan, Dayton’s former city manager who helped pay for the piece.

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“I just got the feeling that people didn’t always respect the work that the public servants did,” he said.

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Called “The Common Good,” the 8-foot tall monument, carved out of Pennsylvania granite, will be officially unveiled at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The monument sits at the northwest corner of Cooper Park, at East Second and North St. Clair streets.

Installed last week, the sculpture pays tribute to public servants with 13 quotations from some of history’s most famous political and thought leaders. This includes Harry Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, George H. W. Bush, Thomas Jefferson, Condoleezza Rice and Warren Buffett.

The quotations wrap around the piece, requiring readers to circle it. Some of those used:

From Muhammad Ali, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

Thomas Jefferson adds, “The care of human life and happiness is the first and only legitimate objective of good government.”

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The quotes declare that public service is a good thing, said Riordan, who worked in government for almost four decades, retiring as Dayton’s city manager in early 2015.

“It’s a lot of famous people, in their own way, saying thank you,” he said.

He worked for the city between 1972 and 1998, and then returned in mid-2009.

Riordan and his wife helped pay for the $60,000 sculpture.

Other contributors included Paul Woodie (former assistant city manager), Stanley Earley (former deputy city manager) and Charles Jones (former assistant city manager).

Jon Barlow Hudson was the artist. His sculptures can be found in more than 20 countries and 10 states.

But one of his pieces is located just down the road, at South St. Clair and East Fifth streets. The metal artwork, which is an eyecatching yellow, is called Fluid Dynamics.

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Identity of man fatally electrocuted at Hamilton home released

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 8:59 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:06 PM

UPDATE @ 3 p.m.:

David E. Robertson, 67, of Hamilton, was doing chimney work on a house in the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue when he made contact with a power line, according to Hamilton police.

Robertson was found unresponsive and could not be revived by the Hamilton Fire Department, according to the police report.

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UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. July 16:

An autopsy was performed today on the man who was fatally electrocuted Saturday afternoon in the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue in Hamilton, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

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Results are expected to be released Tuesday, officials said. 

Because the incident took place at a residence, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, doesn’t have jurisdiction, said Scott Allen, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor.

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He said OSHA only has jurisdiction to conduct an investigation if the accident took place at a business and there was an employee/employer relationship.


A man was fatally electrocuted Saturday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. at 2327 Pleasant Avenue, according to a release.

Units from the Hamilton Fire Department responded to a reported electrocution, and upon arrival found a male subject had made contact with power lines while operating on a portable articulating lift.

The equipment was quickly de-energized through the rapid efforts of the Hamilton Electrical Utility Division.

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It was determined that the lift operator did not survive the event and the Butler County Coroner and Hamilton Police Department are investigating the incident.

The man was removed through the cooperative efforts of the employees from the fire, police, and electrical divisions.

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Springfield homicide victim identified 

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 11:08 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:37 AM

Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

UPDATE @ 9:40 a.m. (July 16):

The victim in Saturday’s homicide shooting as been identified as Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield. 

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UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m. (July 15):

Springfield police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that occurred Saturday evening in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

The neighborhood was quiet Sunday afternoon, but Saturday night, police tape, investigators, and police cars swarmed the area. “It’s a bit disturbing. What can occur,” said Michael Carey of Springfield who lives on E. Rose Street.

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He first heard about the news shortly after the victim was found dead. He’s not happy another homicide happened, but he isn’t shocked either. “It’s kind of typical around this whole area because it happens every now and then,” said Carey.

For now, Carey hopes whoever did this will be caught. “I’m just concerned about our well-being.”

UPDATE July 15 @1:09 a.m.:

A shooting that occurred late Saturday night near E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue has been ruled as a homicide, the Springfield Police Department confirmed.

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Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

No suspects have been named at this time. 

FIRST REPORT July 14 @11:08 p.m.:

A male in his 50’s was shot twice Saturday evening at E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

Police crews were dispatched around 10:30 p.m., with detectives and crime scene investigators en route.

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The victim’s injuries are unknown at this time.

We will update this page when more information becomes available.

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Power restored in Clinton County

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 9:01 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

Troy power line fire

UPDATE @8:30 a.m.: Power has been restored.

UPDATE @ 2:13 a.m. (July 16): An estimated 1,154 Dayton Power & Light customers are still without power, according to the utility’s online outage map.

We’re working to find out what caused the outage, which has persisted through Sunday evening.

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UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m.:

DP&L was reporting 1,186 outages, 1,176 of which were in Clinton. Other scattered outages were reported in Logan, Miami (1 each) and in Montgomery (8).


Thousands of Dayton Power & Light customers are without power this evening.

As of 8:48 p.m., 2,226 are without power in Miami and Clinton counties. 

The following numbers were reported:

  • Clinton: 1,529
  • Miami: 690
  • Montgomery: 6
  • Logan: 1

A Miami County viewer sent WHIO-TV video purporting to show a power line on fire in Troy. 

Nick Kleiner said he was walking along Shaftsburry about 8:30 p.m. when he noticed the power line on fire. It only lasted about five minutes, he said, and ended when an end piece of the line broke off.

Kleiner said it didn’t seem like a lot of damage was done. 

Whether a DP&L crew was dispatched was not certain.

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Ohio infant dies in hot car; 25th child hot car death nationwide

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 6:59 PM

A six-month-old baby girl died inside a hot car Saturday afternoon at Mellert Park in Medina.

The infant was left inside a hot car for two and a half hours at the park, according to a release. This infant girl is the first child this year to die in a hot car in Ohio.

Ohio is ranked number 15 in the nation in child hot car deaths, with 19 fatalities since 1994. The incident that occurred Saturday brings that total up to 20.

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July is also the deadliest month for children dying in hot cars.

Hot car deaths continue to happen because no one believes it can happen to them. Please help raise awareness about these predictable and preventable tragedies, the release stated. is working hard to make sure the Hot Cars Act of 2017 can be passed quickly so technology will be added to vehicles to help prevent these unthinkable fatalities.

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