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Colerain Twp. firefighters honored for actions during I-275 pileup


During Tuesday's Trustee's Meeting, 35 Colerain Township Firefighters were honored and presented with Letters of Commendation for their actions during the I-275 multi-vehicle pileup on January 21, 2013. 

The Colerain Township Trustees listened as the Letter of Commendation was read by Chief Bruce Smith outlining the details of the crash and the professional response provided by the men and women of the Colerain Township Fire Department.

On January 21, units from the Colerain Township F.D. were dispatched to an auto accident on the highway during an unanticipated snow squall.  Over 100 vehicles were involved in the crash. First arriving units recognized the scope of this incident and immediately put procedures in place to assemble additional resources that would be required to mitigate this situation.

The following firefighters were recognized for their actions during the massive 100+ vehicle pile-up on January 21, 2013.



FF/Medic Mike Cramerding

FF/Medic Paul Riedel

FF/Medic Lindsey Sippola

FF/Medic James Williams


FF/EMT Jason Davis



Engine 103

Engine 109

Captain Dave Pickering

Captain Chris Hopkins

FF/EMT Tom Ehrman

FF/Medic Michael Hilton

FF/Medic Steve May

FF/Medic Mike Witterstaeter

FF/EMT Tom Holland

FF/EMT Paul Littlefield



Engine 25

Ladder 26

Captain Shawn Stacy

FF/Medic Phillip Klug

FF/Medic Bruce Metzler

FF/Medic Doug Ruhe

FF/Medic Dave Strittholt

FF/Medic Kyle Temple



Ladder 25

Rescue 26

FF/Medic Dave Simonson

Captain Darian Edwards

FF/Medic Nick Hauser

FF/Medic Kris Prosser


Probationary FF/EMT Tim Michael



Squad 25

Squad 225

FF/Medic James Montgomery

FF/Medic Dominic King

Probationary FF/EMT Don Hueneman

FF/EMT Zach Hardesty



Squad 26

Squad 226

FF/Medic Brian Timmers

FF/Medic Jordan Shepherd

FF/Medic Doug Rolf

FF/EMT Jason Becker



Command Operations


Battalion Chief Chuck Palm


Division Chief Brad Miller


Division Chief Mike Reenan



The Colerain Township Department of Fire and EMS would also like to recognize and thank the following agencies for their professionalism and outstanding assistance they provided during this disaster.


Mutual Aid Departments

Traffic Safety / Communications

Springfield Township F.D.

Colerain Police Department

Forest Park F.D.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

Mt. Healthy F.D.

Hamilton County Communications Center

Greenhills F.D.


North College Hill F.D.


City of Springdale F.D.


Green Township F.D.


Crosby Township F.D.


City of Fairfield F.D.


Ross Township F.D.


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