Columbus firefighter doing search and rescue in Kentucky with Task Force 1

Columbus firefighter Marcus Gruner is a recent graduate of the Indiana Smoke Diver course. He is pictured at Columbus Fire Station No. 2 in Columbus, Ind., Friday, July 17, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A local firefighter is among those conducting search and rescue in Mayfield, Kentucky in the wake of the tornado outbreak.

Columbus firefighter Marcus Gruner has been deployed to the area as a member of Indiana Task Force 1.

“The task force is conducting search and rescue operations this afternoon,” Columbus firefighters posted on social media on Sunday. “Please keep all involved and all affected in your thoughts.”

Indiana Task Force 1 shared on Facebook that its crews were conducting search and rescue operations at the site of the Mayfield Consumer Products Candle Factory on Sunday morning.

The task force posted on Saturday that it had been activated for response to Mayfield as a Type 3 Urban Search and Rescue Team following overnight storms.

“Task Force 1 departed this afternoon for Mayfield, Kentucky to support search and rescue operations following Friday’s devastating tornado,” officials wrote.

For the complete story, see Tuesday’s Republic.