Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, along with the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #9 and United Dairy Farmers, is pleased to recognize Columbus Police Officers Randall Lyons and Deb Paxton as the recipients of the Bryan Hurst/Tony Luzio Officer of the Month Award for March. Please read details below:
On the morning of February 5, 2018, a six-year-old boy and his nine-year-old sister were playing on the surface of a frozen pond located in the 1900 block of Belcher Drive, when the ice suddenly gave way and the boy plunged into the water and disappeared. Both police and fire units were summoned, and prior to the arrival of fire personnel Columbus police officers Randall Lyons and Deb Paxton arrived on the scene. The officers quickly assessed the situation and realized they would need to venture out onto the ice in hopes of locating the boy underwater and saving his life. Retrieving a length of rescue rope from their cruiser, they tied themselves onto a nearby post and carefully crept forward on the surface. Despite the officers’ best precautions, the ice began to crack and split open, and Officer Lyons plunged into the water. He briefly disappeared, resurfaced and attempted to swim, but was overcome by the extreme cold. Bystanders assisted Officer Paxton in pulling Officer Lyons to relative safety, but he was in immediate need of medical assistance due to the exposure he had experienced while in the water. Columbus firefighters and medics had now arrived on the scene and rendered emergency medical treatment to Officer Lyons. Fire personnel quickly located and retrieved the boy from the water. Both were transported to nearby hospitals for further treatment.
This incident underscores the judgment, commitment, and unquestioned courage demonstrated on a daily basis by our safety forces, both police and fire.
The award presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 7th, around 10:00am, at the Fire Fighters Union Hall, 2nd floor, located at 379 W. Broad Street.
Any questions, please contact Marilyn Smith at 614-645-4749.