Residents honored for ‘lifesaving’ actions at fiery crash scene

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Kosciusko County officials honored two men for their “life-saving” actions at a fiery four-vehicle crash earlier this month.

Tyler Rothhaar and Chriss Willavize were honored Tuesday at the Kosciusko County Commissioner’s meeting for their response March 11 at a multiple vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and S.R. 13. They were presented with a framed certificate commemorating their actions.

Tyler Rothhaar and Chriss Willavize were honored by Kosciusko County officials on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 for their heroic actions at a fiery crash along U.S. 30 on March 11.
Tyler Rothhaar and Chriss Willavize were honored by Kosciusko County officials on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 for their heroic actions at a fiery crash along U.S. 30 on March 11.

The crash happened before 4 p.m. Police at the time said a semi had been westbound on U.S. 30 approaching the intersection of State Road 13 when he ran directly into the back of a Dodge Neon that was stopped at a red light. The impact sent the car into the side of another semi and caused both to burst into flames.

Rothhaar was sitting in his vehicle in the passing lane stopped for a red traffic light at the intersection, when the semi slammed into the Neon stopped beside him. Willavize had been at a nearby gas station when the crash happened.

Rothhaar and Willavize ran to the vehicle that was on fire, and pulled the the Nolands away from the burning vehicle. Firemen and paramedics at the scene treated them.

Kosciusko County officials honored two men on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, for their potentially “life-saving” actions at a fiery four-vehicle crash March 11 at the intersection of U.S. 30 and S.R. 13.
Kosciusko County officials honored two men on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, for their potentially “life-saving” actions at a fiery four-vehicle crash March 11 at the intersection of U.S. 30 and S.R. 13.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Kosciusko County Commissioners, Pierceton Fire Department, Lutheran Kosciusko E.M.S. and Grace College officials praised the efforts of Rothhaar and Willavize for their acts of bravery and selflessness for instantly going “above and beyond the call of duty” to rescue the Nolands.

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