Firefighters honored for rescue of Columbus child

Columbus firefighters were presented Medals of Courage for their efforts in rescuing a child last month. From left are Deputy Fire Chiefs Mark Ziegler and Mike Kutsko, Fire Chief Andy Lay, Capt. Josh Allman, Mayor Jim Lienhoop, firefighters Marcus Gruner, Josh Carney and Norvin Williams, and Lt. Leroy Armstrong.

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Five Columbus firefighters were awarded the department’s Medal of Courage for actions taken that resulted in the successful rescue an 8-year-old child who became trapped in a laundry chute at a home on Forest Drive on September 22.

Columbus Fire Chief Andy Lay presented commendations to five department members at Tuesday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

The firefighters, all of whom are assigned to Fire Station 2, responded to the home and found the child wedged inside a laundry chute that extended from the second floor of the home to the basement. Firefighters worked for approximately 30 minutes to free the trapped child. The operation required the removal of a section of wall as well as the removal of a floor joist to free the child.

The child was transported to the hospital for evaluation but was found to be uninjured as a result of the incident.

Recipients of the Medal of Courage were Capt. Josh Allman, firefighters Marcus Gruner, Josh Carney and Norvin Williams, and Lt. Leroy Armstrong.

The Medal of Courage is awarded to a firefighter who was involved in an act of bravery or who shows initiative and capability. Lay commended the work of the firefighters involved in the rescue.

“This unique situation presented challenges that required coordinated efforts and quick action by all who responded in order to safely rescue this scared child from such a terrifying situation,” Lay said.