Local youth recognized for helping paramedics

By Debra Gaskill Special Correspondent

May 9, 2014

XENIA — A McKinley Elementary student was recognized Wednesday for his efforts to help paramedics get to an injured Florida Drive woman in April.

On April 21, paramedics at Station 32 responded to a “fall with injury” call on Florida drive, but on arrival, the medic crew found the house was locked.

The female patient suffered two fractures, according to responding paramedic Daniel Smith, and someone with a key was en route, but their arrival time was unknown.

That was when Tully Wassom, 6, volunteered to crawl through a back doggie door to let paramedics in.

“None of us were small enough to fit through a doggy door,” said XFD Capt. Doug Cope.

“It was great,” Smith said. “It was the only way to gain access without damaging a door. He didn’t hesitate at all. It was pretty impressive.”

Tully received a proclamation from Xenia mayor Marsha Bayless, which was presented at Station 31 Wednesday.

“Not everybody gets one of these,” Bayless told him.

For Tully, being able to help his injured neighbor “felt good.”

A first grader at McKinley Elementary, Tully is thinking about becoming a police officer when he grows up, although he said his father Tony Wassom wants him to graduate from college first.

“We’re very proud,” said mom Marie Wassom.

XFD Chief Kenneth Rigsby also presented Tully with a commendation for lifesaving efforts.

“Tully, you’re the man,” Rigsby said.

“It was exciting to have a child in the community willing to jump in like that,” Smith said. “It was outstanding.”