Man honored for assisting police at scene of Washingtonville fire

Morning Journal/Kevin Howell Goshen Police District Chief Steve McDaniel and Green Township Fire Chief Todd Baird this week commended Ronald Mumpire for assisting McDaniel’s attempt to rescue a victim from a burning barn before the fire department arrived last month. From left, Mumpire, McDaniel and Baird.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — A Good Samaritan received recognition this week at the Goshen Township trustees meeting.

Goshen Police District Chief Steve McDaniel and Green Township Fire Chief Todd Baird presented Ronald Mumpire with a letter of commendation for his actions in assisting McDaniel attempt to rescue an individual trapped in a barn fire last month.

On Feb. 13 Mumpire and McDaniel were the first two on scene of the fire at 9125 Washingtonville Road in which the property owner was trapped on a piece of running equipment. The men took turns attempting to enter the building to rescue the victim until firefighters arrived and pulled him from the blaze.

“The building was on fire, the piece of equipment was on fire, the victim was on fire,” Baird said. “Even though [Mumpire and McDaniel] were unable to pull the victim from the fire, they went above and beyond what could be expected of them.”

McDaniel praised Mumpire for caring enough to stop.

“He was just happening by,” he said. “A lot of people wouldn’t have done what he did.”

But Mumpire downplayed his part.

“[The men and women of] the police and fire departments are the real heroes, every day we need to to appreciate these guys,” he said. “I was just backing [McDaniel] up.”

Baird previously honored McDaniel along with three of his firefighters, Doug Messimer, Lt. Andrew Blough and Eric Hammer, for the rescue. He said the victim suffered severe burns but is alive, as far as is known.