A Columbus fire lieutenant recently received the Chief’s Commendation Award from the Jefferson Township Fire Department.
Lt. Chad Bair was presented the award from Chief William Houk on July 29 for rescuing a person from a burning vehicle.
On June 23, 2014 at 8:15 p.m. Bair was at home when he noticed light smoke coming from a small woods nearby. Noticing that the smoke was getting thicker, he decided to drive over and investigate.
Bair drove to the nearest access he could find, which was a grass lane between two fields. When he arrived in the woods, he found a vehicle on fire with the driver lying partially out of the vehicle. Bair was able to drag the unresponsive driver up a hill approximately 25 feet away before the gas tank exploded on the vehicle.
He then called 911 and advised the location and access point for Jefferson Township Fire and EMS.
Chief Houk presented Bair the award for his acts of selflessness and bravery.
In attendance for the ceremony included personnel from Jefferson Township, Columbus Division of Fire, and Bair’s family.