Daughter: Fairborn firefighters saved ‘the rock of our family’

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 10:03 AM
Updated: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 11:39 AM


            Fairborn Fire Department personnel respond to a drill at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in this 2015 file photo. Six of the department’s personnel received Life Saving Award ribbons for their response to a January 2017 incident. CONTRIBUTED
Fairborn Fire Department personnel respond to a drill at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in this 2015 file photo. Six of the department’s personnel received Life Saving Award ribbons for their response to a January 2017 incident. CONTRIBUTED

Bobby Evans’ heart attack struck in mid-January — his third in two months.

“He did not have a heartbeat,” said Gene Thomas, a Fairborn firefighter, who with five other Fairborn Fire Department personnel arrived on scene Jan. 12, revived Evans, and saved his life.

For their actions, they have each received Life Saving Award ribbons.

“It was a blur that day,” said Polly Fraver, Evans’ daughter. “You don’t know what it was like to pull in and see dad there, and see all you guys working on him.”

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart because he is the rock of our family,” Fraver said.

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The firefighters provided advanced lifesaving techniques to revive Evans, who survived to thank the firefighters and paramedics during the ceremony.

“They are wonderful people,” Evans said. “Wonderful.”

Evans spent several weeks in the hospital and was released on the birthday of his other daughter, who died almost 20 years ago.

“She wasn’t ready for him to be there yet, so she sent him back home,” Fraver said.

Each of the first responders received the Life Saving Award ribbon for the second time, according to the department, with the exception of Thomas, who is a four-time recipient. The ribbon was presented during a March 7 ceremony to Thomas, Manfred Rembold, Nate Fisher, Seth Johnson, Les Jeffers and Scott Schockman.

“We see a lot of tragedy, a lot of loss,” said Thomas. “So when we have a win like this, it’s great all the way around.”

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NewsCenter 7’s Kate Bartley contributed reporting.

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Local sports celebrity arrested in Dayton ATV incident

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Robert Martin Jr., 30 of Dayton
Robert Martin Jr., 30 of Dayton

Robert Martin Jr., 30, known as the “legless football player” who gained national attention in 2005 for playing defense at Colonel White High School in Dayton, was booked into Montgomery County Jail Sunday morning for failing to comply with officers.

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According to a Dayton police report, Martin was driving one of the eight to 10 ATVs traveling southbound on N. Main Street around 12 a.m.

Several of the ATVs then fled in different directions from police moments later in the area of E. Third St and Main, the report said.

An officer followed Martin, who was traveling at a high rate of speed, driving a blue Kawasaki ATV to the railroad tracks in the 300 block of N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.

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According to the report, Martin was found on the ground crawling toward nearby bushes while the ATV was on its side.

When asked his name, Martin said, “It’s me, Bobby.”

Martin was issued traffic citations and faces charges in Clark Co. for an outstanding OVI warrant.

Police have not confirmed if any of the other drivers were arrested. 

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Truck cab fire causes delays on NB I-75 in Miami County

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:55 PM



Wende Gard / Contributed
(Wende Gard / Contributed)

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.

Traffic is moving but motorists should expect delays due to a truck cab fire this evening on northbound Interstate 75 between Ohio 571 and County Road 25A.

No one was reported injured in the fire dispatched sometime before 7:45 p.m.

(Wende Gard / Contributed)

FIRST REPORT

Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 are shut down tonight after a semi truck caught fire, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatch.

The incident was reported shortly before 7:45 p.m. at exit 69, near Tipp City.

Fire and EMS is on scene, but it’s not clear what led the vehicle to ignite.

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Boil advisory lifted for Franklin Twp.

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:57 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 9:50 PM

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m. (May 26)

The Warren County Water and Sewer Department lifted a boil advisory Saturday morning for affected residents on Pekin Road and Honeytree Lane.

FIRST REPORT

A boil advisory has been issued for some residents of this Warren County township.

The affected areas include Pekin Road addresses 2895-3209 and all of Honeytree Lane. 

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Residents in these areas are advised to boil water for two minutes over the next 24 hours.

Anyone affected can call Warren County Water & Sewer for further details at (513) 695-1377. 

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All eyes on the Tropics and Alberto; remnants could reach Miami Valley

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:36 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:30 PM

Saturday evening update on Subtropical Storm Alberto

Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic Ocean season, is forecast to strengthen as it continues to move over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the system to strong tropical storm strength before making landfall somewhere along the Louisiana to Florida coastlines Monday afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

The forecast track then indicates the remnants of Alberto could influence the weather here on Wednesday and Thursday. The main threat for this area would be some decent rain; however, there could be a few storms as well, Collar said.

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It also is important to note that your WHIO Weather App may alert you if the Miami Valley is placed within the uncertainty cone issued by the National Hurricane Center sometime this weekend. If you get that alert, it doesn’t mean to expect a tropical storm … but that there is an increased possibility of some influence of the storm.

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