Friday, March 23, 2001

Action leads to honors

Troopers lauded for fire rescues

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Three state troopers at the Lebanon post proved their keen eyes could search out more than speeders.

        On Thursday, they were recognized for spotting two separate fires last winter and leading residents to safety.

        In an awards ceremony at the post, Sgt. James F. Adams, 43, of Cincinnati; Trooper John W. Asbrock, 42, of Middletown; and Trooper Andrew A. Allgeyer, 26, of Hamilton Township, received commendations from patrol headquarters for their alertness and dedication of service to the public.

        Sgt. Adams, a 21-year veteran of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, was honored for calling emergency dispatchers and evacuating guests of the Red Roof Inn when a building 15 feet away — known as the “Night of Fright” haunted house on Bardes Road in Deerfield Township — burned for the second time in three days last November.

Allgeyer assisted

               Trooper Allgeyer, who heard the call and responded immediately, assisted in the evacuation effort.

        Sgt. Asbrock was patrolling near Middletown Dec. 26 on Ohio 122 when he noticed smoke pouring from the roof of a residence in the community of Hunter.

        His pounding on the door awakened the elderly occupants, who were unaware that their house was ablaze, said Lt. Michael Sanders, the Lebanon post commander.


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