Jackson Township trustees on April 24 will recognize several community members for showing bravery in the face of danger.

Jackson Township trustees on April 24 will recognize several community members for showing bravery in the face of danger.

Grove City resident Eric Babcock will receive a plaque for rescuing a young girl from a roof in a fire, and several Jackson Township Fire Department members will be honored for exceptional performance.

Babcock lived near a home on Marsol Avenue that had an attached garage that caught fire Dec. 18. When the granddaughter of the homeowner was trapped on the second floor, Babcock used a ladder to get her safely from the roof.

"He really put his own life in danger to save someone else's," Jackson Township Fire Chief Lloyd Sheets said. "He helped save a little girl's life."

Although the fire department doesn't want people "running into burning buildings," Babcock deserves recognition for his efforts, Sheets said.

Lt. Randy Little and firefighter Jason Burley will receive the medals of valor and honor, respectively, for rescuing two children who had been trapped upstairs in a fire at Gantz Road. Capt. Brian Reese will receive the Fire Chief Award. He will receive the Distinguished Service Award on behalf of about 13 firefighters who also responded to the scene.

Though training prepares firefighters for runs like this, "once you actually see that person laying there, helpless, it is different," Sheets said. A very large part of the success of that mission was Reese's calm under pressure, Sheets said.

Both children died after being recovered; one survived briefly in hospitalization.

"We made the best out of a very bad situation," Sheets said.

All members of the crew responding to the fire performed above expectations, Sheets said.

Also at the meeting, Lts. Little and Scott Bowyer will be promoted to the rank of captain. Capts. Chuck Strader, Merion Jacob, Steve Cook and Reese will be promoted to the rank of battalion chief.

Part-time firefighter and paramedic Richard Eisel, who has worked with the Jackson Township Fire Department since December 2006, will be promoted to full- time. Rich is a 2000 graduate of Grove City High School, and his father, Lt. Tom Eisel, retired from the Jackson Township Fire Department in July 2001.

Firefighter Everett Webb will be recognized with a township proclamation for his retirement. He joined the Jackson Township Fire Department in 1989 and retired in March.