By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor
Residents and first responders were recognized for life-saving acts of heroism at the April 4 Grove City Council meeting.
Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage gave certificates of appreciation to several members of the Grove City Division of Police, the Jackson Township Fire Department, and citizens Michael and Jacob Glaze, and Chad Harrison.
Both incidents occurred on March 5.
Michael Glaze and his wife, Janet, had just picked up their teenage son, Jacob, from work when Janet spotted a car a vehicle submerged in a retention pond.
“We jumped out and ran over there,” said Michael Glaze.
Both Michael and Jacob got into the cold water to save the driver.
According to Michael, the female driver was not responding, and her vehicle was quickly sinking. The father and son were unable to open the door, but the window was partially down so they were able to get their arms in the vehicle to hold the woman up in an air pocket.
“We just stayed there until the first responders got there,” said Michael.
Nick Innes, with the Jackson Township Fire Department, said first responders were able to pry the door open and pull the driver out of the water. She was transported to the hospital and survived.
After hearing of the incident and the action taken to save the driver, the crowd at the council meeting gave Michael and Jacob a standing ovation.
Lt. Jason Stern, with the Grove City Division of Police, said, “Grove City is the best community in the whole world. It is the best community to serve.”
Chad Harrison of Grove City was also recognized by the mayor and council.
According to Stern, a vehicle was traveling down Broadway when it crashed into three cars before leaving the roadway, flipping upside down, and coming to rest on its top. The driver was unresponsive and attached by the seatbelt.
“Chad cut the seatbelt loose, pulled the driver out of the car, and began performing chest compressions,” said Stern.
Medics arrived and took over. The driver was taken to the hospital and survived.
Harrison said he and his family were on their way to a rock park when he stopped at a gas station and saw the incident.
“We just sprung into action,” he said. “You guys (the Grove City community) would do that for my family, so I’ll do it for yours.”
Stage said the community is lucky to have such a strong working relationship between the safety forces.
“It all worked out and we thank everybody involved,” he said.