Piqua Marine who saved woman’s life in Vegas shooting says he’s no hero

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 10:16 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

Piqua Marine credited with saving life of woman in Vegas mass shooting

A Piqua native who is a Marine is being credited for saving the life of a California woman he didn’t even know after she was shot during the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night. 

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United States Marine Corp Cpl. Austin Cox, a 2011 Piqua High School graduate stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, was in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest music festival with a fellow Marine when the shooting occurred. 

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During the shooting Cox was helping people to safety amid the chaos when found a woman, identified as Katrina Hannah, from La Verne, Calif., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and badly bleeding, 

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“[I] put some pressure on the wound on her neck, and then I saw more blood coming,” Cox told this news organization.

Cox knew how to respond to the situation because of his military training, he said. 

“They really do teach you how to react in those situations, so that obviously helped out a lot and it kept my cool and kept me focus,” Cox said.

Cox said he scooped Hannah up off the ground and ran for cover during a pause in the gunfire and brought her to a random car.

“The people obviously were willing to help, that's what they were there for, they pulled their car up,” Cox said.

Tom Westfall, the choir director at Piqua High School, said he’s known Cox since he was in elementary school and wasn’t surprised at Cox’s willingness to help.

“It doesn't surprise me. He's an upstanding guy, I can see him just stepping to the plate and doing whatever needed to be done,” Westfall said.

Piqua Head Football Coach Bill Nees, who has known Cox for about seven years, echoed Westfall’s sentiments.

“He was an undersized safety with an oversized heart,” Nees said.  “I think he had that mindset before he was a Marine, I think he came in with that, and that he was that kind of guy that would just be willing to help people out any chance he could.”

Just two weeks ago, Cox was the best man in his friend Kindric Link’s wedding. When Link learned about the shooting and wondered for an hour if his friend was OK.

Link said Cox’s story was traumatizing, but he knows Cox is a loyal person, even to complete strangers.

“Everyone was coming toward him trying to save their own lives, and he and his buddy, who is a Marine, ran towards the bullets,” Link said, adding that Cox stayed with Hannah the entire night at the hospital while she received treatment.

Hannah was in Las Vegas for her best friend’s bachelorette party, according to Cox’s aunt.

Regardless of what others say of his actions, Cox insists on not being called a hero.

“I'm not keen to just call myself a hero or nothing, but I think I would do it any other day, and people know that and they know the type of person I am,” Cox said. “That's what being a Marine's all about.  I joined to defend America, and whether that's foreign or domestic, I'm going to help out as much as I can.”

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LATEST: Rumpke trash truck crashes into Xenia nursing home, injuring driver 

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:39 PM

Trash truck strikes nursing home in Xenia

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m.: A building support will have to be installed at the Greenwood Manor nursing home before the Rumpke trash truck lodged inside a wing of offices can be pulled out, Greene County building inspectors said.

No employees were in the wing when the truck crashed into the home, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, about 8:45 a.m. 

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A Rumpke official said the company and police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

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The trash truck driver was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital, where he was to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said. 

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Marshall Gorby/Staff


A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning. 

Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenwood Manor,  711 Dayton Xenia Road, around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building. 

While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building. 

Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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$23K ring stolen from Fairfield Commons Mall

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

Police still looking for suspect.

Beavercreek police are looking for the man who stole a $23,000 ring from Kay Jewelers at the Fairfield Commons Mall.

Officers responded to the mall around 4 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a theft.


Police said the thief took the ring out of an employee’s hand and ran out of the mall.

The man was wearing a blue plaid shirt, dark shorts, a grey Oakland Raiders hat.

Anyone with information on the man’s identity can contact Beavercreek police at 937-426-1225.

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Kettering to spend $624,000 to upgrade police systems

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:41 PM

            Police Chief Chip Protsman is pleased that the city of Kettering plans to update and replace the police department’s current computer aided dispatch (CAD) and records management system (RMS). STAFF
Police Chief Chip Protsman is pleased that the city of Kettering plans to update and replace the police department’s current computer aided dispatch (CAD) and records management system (RMS). STAFF

The city of Kettering plans to spend $624,000 to update and replace the police department’s current computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and records management system (RMS).

City Manager Mark Schwieterman told City Council that the current Cisco system used by police for CAD and RMS is no longer supported and serviceable. He said the staff recommended the city enter into a contract with Spillman Technologies to replace both of those systems.

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“The estimated cost is $624,000,” Schwieterman said. “At the end of the day, our computer-aided design system will be the same for both police and fire utilizing the Spillman system.”

Council voted unanimously to proceed with the upgrade, and that was good news to Police Chief Chip Protsman.

“It is a significant upgrade for us. As a matter of fact, we have had our CAD and RMS system since the 1980s,” he said. “This is also the system that is going to be used by both the police department and the fire department, which obviously is an advantage to us because our dispatch center does both police and fire.”

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Flash flood watch issued for most as storms could bring heavy downpours 

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:23 PM

Multiple chances for showers and storms today in the Dayton area.


Darke, Shelby, Miami, Champaign, Clark, Madison, Franklin, Preble, Montgomery, Greene, Fayette, Pickaway, Fairfield, Butler, Warren, Clinton, Ross, Highland and Pike County in OH. 

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  • Heavy rain today may lead to flooding
  • More showers and storms this afternoon/evening
  • Strong storms possible Friday

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY: Steady, heavy rain with a few storms likely today. Due to the amount of rainfall expected and saturated groud, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect until midnight. The evening commute may pose some problems with reduced visibility and ponding on the roads. Gusty winds are also possible within heavy downpours, but the overall the severe threat is quite low. Highs today will be in the lower 70s.

“Heavy downpours and gusty winds will be our biggest concern, but overall the severe threat is not very high”, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

Highs today will be in the upper 70s.

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TONIGHT: Rain will taper, but a few lingering showers are possible overnight. Temperatures will drop into the middle to upper 60s.

FRIDAY: More showers and storms, some of which could be strong to severe, are likely, especially later in the afternoon into the evening hours. Highs peak near 80 degrees.

>> County-by-County Weather 

SATURDAY: A few lingering showers are expected, especially for the first part of the day. We should dry out later in the day with highs reaching the upper 70s. 

SUNDAY: A mainly dry day with a stray shower or storm possible. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies for the day with temperatures approaching the mid-80s. 

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