United student, principal honored

Submitted photo Winona Fire Chief George Brantingham, left, presents Medals of Valor to United High School 10th-grade student Shelby Kornbau and Assistant High School Principal Frank Baker for their actions in saving Shelby’s father’s life on Nov. 12 during a surprise recognition ceremony last week.

HANOVERTON–A United High School student and the assistant principal received recognition recently for their life-saving assistance.

Winona Volunteer Fire Department Chief George Brantingham presented Medals of Valor to 10th-grader Shelby Kornbau and high school assistant principal Frank Baker for their actions the morning of Nov. 12 that saved the life of Shelby’s father, who had caught his clothing in a piece of farm machinery. The medals were presented by the Winona firefighters at a surprise ceremony during Shelby’s lunch period.

According to Brantingham, Shelby’s father had been working on equipment when he got his clothing caught in the PTO shaft. Shelby heard his cries for help and rushed to his aid, joined by Baker, a member of both the Winona and Hanover Township fire departments, who just happened to be driving by at the time.

They were able to shut off the machine and cut her father away from it before he was seriously injured.

Ultimately, Shelby’s father was flown to St. Elizabeth’s Health Center in Youngstown, but walked away with relatively minor injuries thanks to Shelby and Baker, Brantingham said.

“If Shelby didn’t happen to be there or Frank driving by, this thing could have had a completely different ending,” he explained. “It was live saving action.

“It’s an honor to be able to recognize something like this. It’s rare, people who go above the call of duty.”