Citizen Hero Awards Presented

Firefighters Zach Duncan and Joey Griffith, Carilion PD Investigator Dwayne Janney, and Dep. Josh Oakley with Sheriff Partin, County Administrator Craig Meadows, members of the Board.
Firefighters Zach Duncan and Joey Griffith, Carilion PD Investigator Dwayne Janney, and Dep. Josh Oakley with Sheriff Partin, County Administrator Craig Meadows, members of the Board.

At the Board of Supervisors meeting six heroes were honored for their acts to help citizens in need. All received certificates of recognition, award medals, and proclamations from the Board.

On October 7, Riner firefighters Zach Duncan and Joey Griffith responded to a vehicle crash where they found the driver trapped under a burning vehicle. Unable to free her, Deputy Josh Oakley arrived and assisted the two in lifting the vehicle, while Investigator Dwayne Janney of Carilion Police Department pulled the driver out. Those actions saved the driver from severe injury or death. All four were presented Eric Sutphin First Responder Hero awards.

Thomas Willis and Lucas Wilt with Sheriff Partin, County Administrator Craig Meadows, and members of the Board.
Thomas Willis and Lucas Wilt with Sheriff Partin, County Administrator Craig Meadows, and members of the Board.

Three days later on October 10, an elderly driver crashed on Indian Valley Road, when Best Buy-Geek Squad employees Thomas Willis and Lucas Wilt came upon the incident. There was smoke coming from the vehicle, so the two stopped to assist and saw the driver laying on the ground beside the burning car. Willis approached the vehicle and carried the driver to safety while Wilt called 911. Not long after removing the driver from the vehicle, it exploded. The two rendered first aid until the rescue squad arrived. Had they not acted, this driver would have been severely injured or killed. Willis and Wilt were presented with Citizen Hero Awards.